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8/16/2012 9:46:00 PM
Letter: Driver wreaks havoc at yard sale


We just had a garage sale and met a lot of wonderful and enjoyable individuals from all over the tri-city area, as well as a few others, too. However, we are most concerned for the wellbeing of the individual who absolutely flattened our Malibu light.

Since the light was metal, we worry that it may have caused a cut in their tire. Additionally, since they apparently did not note that they were well off our driveway when this happened and they continued on to also run into the stake that was holding our sale sign, we are even more concerned.

We certainly hope this did no major damage to their vehicle since the metal stake was pretty heavy and it was significantly bent. If this did do damage to their vehicle we are deeply sorry and hope the damage, like ours, was only $50 or so.

We will consider moving the lights even farther from the driveway and making the driveway defining rocks even larger, but then that could cause even more damage to their vehicle. Being that they were unable to contact us to report these events, we also are concerned that they may have sustained some sort of mental injury or had to speed off to the emergency room. We certainly hope this was not the case and that they will be able to continue to drive without endangering anyone's lives or property, but then that may be a stretch.

Richard Tracey


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: Complaining about nothing

Richard, it's a good thing you don't live in Iraq, Syria, Honduras or inner city Baltimore.
You wouldn't be able to handle it.

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: Satire is Wasted Here

It's called irony, folks, and as this string of commentary proves, it can be dangerous in the wrong hands. Richard, you made your point, I had a nice chuckle at your irony and compliment you for keeping the same tongue-in-cheek tone to the end.

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: Timing Is Everything! _ _

Was the driver a tall male wearing a weird hat and driving a junky, tiny car that made you think of a clown car at a circus when he got out of it? If so it may have been … . He showed up at a garage sale that I held a few years ago and complained about not being able to find it with ease (signage was excellent). Many people actually complimented me on the great signage and directions, saying they were better than most for garage sales. He then very angrily and rudely told me that I only had a bunch of ‘crap’ for sale and that he was upset (used really foul language) that he even showed up (I didn’t point out that I really didn’t have any of his ‘art’ for sale). I told him to get off of my property. He did. He drove off hunched over his steering wheel, hat and head hanging half out the window, swerving down the road as he drove away. I then proceeded to sell $1,700 worth of ‘crap’ in two days.
Prescott is the best town to have successful garage sales and 99% of the people that show up are great.

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum

Oh my!! What a travesty..Its a cryin shame who they let on the streets these days~

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: Boris Tudeth

Apparently, they'll let anyone into a garage sale these days!

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: Ralph Rodarte Jr

Perhaps they were in a hurry to be one of the first to meet Mitt Romney's nephew.

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: O O

Rich, get out once in awhile, and be happy

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: Hope You Have Liability Insurance

Richard in this day where everyone is looking for a quick buck, I am surprised you admitted in a public forum you liability. You can be sued for damages, hoping your insurance company will settle. The incident in question occurred on your property where you invited strangers onto your property. All they need to prove is you created the environment that caused the damage.

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