By Donna Westfall – April 22, 2017 – We live next to a liquor store. Every day men and women walk to get their daily alcoholic needs met. Sometimes, they urinate or defecate in our yard, and our neighbors yard, or steal something if we’ve left it outside. But nothing so far has compared to the goings on along “A” Street.
Ted Scott and his family have been fixtures in this town for over six decades. He has a little hobby car shop down on A Street. Sometimes, cars worth $80,000 come into his shop for special touches. But that may have to end because there’s a mentally ill man running around unsupervised with his pants down and his private parts hanging out. This particular man rents a house on A Street and is supposed to be under 24/7 supervision. However, when the caretakers are nowhere to be seen, he will destroy your property, ask you to “suck his d_ck,” and poop inside your car if the doors are unlocked. We held a short debate about putting up the video without showing his face, but finally concluded it was not appropriate.
Should this man be institutionalized? Or should the owners of the property put up a fence to keep him in? And where are the caretakers hired to watch him 24/7?
Can you have the mentally ill person arrested? Heck no. If your teenage child gave people the finger as they were driving their car down your street, or exposed their genitals in public, guess how long it would take for the police to show up at your door? Five minutes? Not so with the mentally ill. And what are the caretakers doing anyway? Can they be arrested? Probably not. But they can be fired.
Ted says, “The last mentally ill man under the same service, NEW DAWN SUPPORT SERVICES, had a fire that could have set fire to my shop, but thanks to the fire department, they got it out and had him move out. I feel like a prisoner on my own property, I can’t leave anything unlocked.”
What are your rights when the mentally ill are not properly supervised and carry on by yelling, banging and making a racket? You can certainly sue the company responsible for their care taking if you suffer a loss. You can ask that the police take a report. Eventually, something will be done. Hopefully, you won’t lose you sanity or sanctification before something is done.
This most recent incident has Ted wondering what the zoning laws are in our town? That’s something to follow-up on soon.