Tuesday, April 12, 2011
A Man and His Potty
The city officials and Mr. Terry squabbled over dictionary definitions of rubbish and toilets. The city attorney pointed out that according to Webster’s dictionary, a toilet is not a flower pot. Mr. Terry responded by pointing out that it didn’t fit the definition of rubbish either because it had been recycled and was not useless waste. The city judge observed that the codes enforcement officials always brought him interesting cases.
A week or two after the hearing in city court, the city judge ruled in favor of Mr. Terry, concluding that the city’s definition of “rubbish,” was so broad as to encompass virtually all types of planters within the city. As a result, finding that the definition was overbroad, the city judge ruled that Mr. Terry could keep his garden potty.
Mr. Terry said he was surprised at the amount of publicity his case received. Now, he said, "I might get two toilets and put them beside what you could call my driveway.''
Click here to see Mr. Terry stating his case from the Knoxville News Journal.