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"Code Compliance Officer" Enters Woman's Home, Wakes Her In Bed, Says Her Grass Is Too Long

A Columbia County "Code Compliance Officer" intent on serving a woman with a violation for her grass being too long chose to enter the woman's home, walk into her bedroom, then wake the woman from her sleep to inform her of her infraction.

WJBF-TV reports: (Video at link below)

...Erica Masters woke to Jimmy Vowell serving her a violation at her bedroom doorway. Vowell knocked at her door to give her a violation for her grass being too long. After knocking several times, he entered her home, walked into her bedroom, and told her to get up. He's now on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.
The Code Compliance Officer, Jimmy Vowell, was fired from his previous government job working for the County Sheriff after admittedly stealing a computer from their property room. His new employer, another government agency based around state-sanctioned theft, must have thought that made him perfect for the job.

Erica says, "Jimmy Vowell needs to stop getting government jobs. Our tax dollars are paying for a guy that is going beyond the law. He thinks he's above the law and I don't think that's right. I don't think my tax dollars should go to somebody that thinks he's above the law."
Unfortunately, all our tax money is not only going to people who think they're above the law, it's going to people who are above the law. Jimmy Vowell is not facing any charges, and Erica Masters has been forced to file a lawsuit to try to get some sort of retribution.


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IF someone

did that in my house their not going to like what is next to the bed.

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our Liberty. -Thomas Jefferson

So why doesn't she have them arrested for breaking and entering

This makes no sense.

With every story like this

With every story like this people are waking up to the fact that we no longer live under rule of law and the constitution can't protect anyone. The guys with the guns and badges are the law now. We have no protection from their whims.

Until people realize this and quit with the Huckabee like repetition of how wonderful and free this country is nothing can ever change. It's a like a drug addict, he can't get help until he first admits he has a problem.

Unlike the drug addict

When you confront people with the truth, most of them (along with many of their friends) all start becoming suspicious of YOU and think you are crazy.

So, it would be like going to a friend with an obvious drug problem and trying to talk to them about getting help but instead YOU end up being forced into treatment for a mental illness. It's that bizarre in many cases.

You nailed it! Well said.

You nailed it! Well said.

Jimmy Vowell

is the face of things to come. He is the perfect model of a tool of the nanny state. Remember how in the USSR and China rewarded citizens with medals for meeting their quotas?

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

C.S. Lewis

Conscience does not exist if not exercised

"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up!
---Lily Tomlin

Do they become tools

so they aren't targeted? I'll never understand how one can promote tyranny without ever considering what would happen to them when the tables are turned.

Anybody ever see the scene in X-Men First Class where Magneto confronts the Nazis who killed his mother? One of them says, "We were just following orders." Uh, those were his last words.

Nice C.S. Lewis quote...

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul


I do not yet recall any communist torturers ever being prosecuted. It is a pretty safe career by the looks of it. ;)

They still are free and collect pensions.


Compliance Guy

Should be deported to a labor colony imo.


Maybe she needs

a Rottweiler.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.

Where is this hubris coming from?

Here it's over a violation for overgrown grass. Over the weekend I watched Farmageddon. It starts with a mother explaining how, inside her home, she came to the top of the stairs to find a man at the bottom, half hidden, pointing a gun at her. She thought he was this serial killer. He yelled at her to come down right away; halfway down she was handed papers. Her son had a cell phone, and when some deputy approached him he put his hand up defensively and was shoved down the stairs and put up against a wall. While she and her large family of children were being held, guarded, in their living room (for six hours), an older son called, from Iraq. They wouldn't let her take the call. Eleven officers had been sent to their home. They seized livestock, food, and computers, slaughtered animals, and searched everywhere. In that case, that was all over the fact she ran a food cooperative; there was a dispute over how it should be registered - they claimed as a retail food establishment. This would be a 3rd degree misdemeanor warranting about a $500 fine. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uah8LBUbfc&feature=youtu.be) Where is such hubris coming from? This is unconscionable.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Like the comments below, this

Like the comments below, this guy is lucky he isnt dead.
I would be willing to bet that had this been a guy(instead of a woman) he had woken out of bed, he would possibly be in the hospital at least.
There is more than a small percentage of men that will act instinctively if they are woken up by someone standing over them.
I would like to think I am cool headed enough to at least ask whats going on. However, I keep a small bat within reach(like a club) and if I was suddenly woken by someone I didnt know, I dont think I can garuntee I wouldnt reach for it.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

jimmy vowell

reminds me of the BTK strangler. he was a supervisor in the compliance department in park city, kansas, among other jobs. entered homes and...well, i'm just gonna say that vowell needs to be taken out of "authority" positions. if he thinks he can walk into any home at any time, then what else is he thinking? good thing he's not working there anymore and with hope he won't ever work in "code compliance" jobs again.

i'm not saying that vowell is going to be a murderer, but the mentality that he employs; disregard of private property, no respect of privacy, no scruples about breaking and entering, terrorizing a sleeping woman (strange man in her house), shows a scary form of narcissism that should make people very, very wary of this man.

my mom lived in park city then....

she knew him as a code enforcer. he was always showing up, measureing her grass with a yardstick, complaining about a cuppla trailers she had in her back yard, pretty much complaining about anything he could find to bitch about. she is a widow, lived alone. Luckily for her, she had a big, tall neighbor who finally came over when btk was there at her house harrassing her, and let him know that he was there to protect my mom no matter what it took, and he better start bringing reinforcements with him if he ever came over to harrass her again! he also called the city manager to report btk for his rude, crude demeaner. after he was caught, he was in sedgwick county jail for awhile, and my sister was his jailor. she told me he was the meanest, most hateful person she had ever met....

true stuff. thanks to my mom's neighbor, i can still call her and visit her in person!


ron in 12!

There's a story

that would look good in that local paper as a letter to the editor.

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What a coincidence... My fiance lived in the same neighborhood as all that happened in. Small world.

that's scary

i'm glad your mother's neighbor cares about her.

The media slant

attempts to exaggerate the god-awful 6" grass, the brand new mower, the outraged neighbor stories, and the woman's flabby arms. If she cut and watered her grass too much they'd be harassing her about that. These control freaks and their propaganda outlets will always find something wrong.


Someone tries to come in my house uninvited, they are getting shot, I don't care who they are. She should have shot him, that way the next person will have to think twice before breaking and entering.

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” – Dresden James

update: he WON'T face charges...huh???

"A Columbia County Code Compliance Officer won't face charges after he allegedly entered a woman's home without her permission.

That's according to Captain Steve Morris. Jimmy Vowell was placed on administrative leave after Erica Masters accused Vowell of walking into her home unannounced last week to serve a violation for her grass being too long.

No word on when or if he'll return to work."

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. – Daniel Webster

The so-called code enfrorcer is lucky...

... he wasn't shot dead.

This story is par for the course in this country these days. Nothing surprises me anymore.


"The greatest mystery of all is truth." - Me, 2009

We should have the right to either elect or totally disolve

these officers of their duties. If we could only make them all equal to us. Our rights stop when we take away someone else's rights. But let's not think it's our right that someone else needs to provide me something!


That guy would've taken the beating of his life right there in my hallway.

A nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves.

he is lucky

he didn't get his arse blown off .... intruder.

Now if she didn't have surveilance cameras

it would have been her word against the government stooge. She probably would have ended up in jail for "resisting".

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But like Mike Huckabee always

But like Mike Huckabee always says "We still live in the freest country in the world."

Not only does he like to steal,

he also likes intruding on people's privacy. Sounds like a perfect time for a career move to the tsa.

Just as long as she wasn't

dancing in public like that older couple in the subway.

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At my house, no one would have had to be concerned about what to do with him.
It would have all been cut and dry.
Services to be held at.....

I love my country
I am appalled by my government

grass too long--

in a drought keeping grass longer is a wise thing to do, unless there is danger of brush fire--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--