Thursday, June 21, 2007

Neighbors Press Charges Against Couple for Kids Being Too Loud

From Long Island, a couple could be looking at fines and jail time because...

They allow their daughters to play loudly.
A Long Island couple could go to jail after they were ordered to keep their young daughters quiet.

William and Rachel Poczatek, who live in the village of Bayville, were hit with a notice of violation after neighbors complained about the couple's daughters, aged 5 and 11, who they said played too loudly around the family's backyard pool.

The couple is due in court Wednesday to face the charge of violating a noise code usually reserved for "the shouting and crying of peddlers, hawkers and vendors which disturbs the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.''

The penalty if convicted? According to the village code: $250 fine, 15 days in jail, or
both for each day the offense continued.

Rachel Poczatek, 43, said she didn't know how to solve the problem. "Should I muzzle my children?''
If the kids are being loud late at night, the neighbors have a complaint, if not--deal with it!

Has it really come to this? Are we really suing and pressing charges against people for playing!!! For kids being kids!!!

As my daughter's favority TV character said, "Build a bridge and get over it."

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