Follow The Law
Laws and rules are what keep our society functioning the way that it's supposed to. As some of you may know, the law isn't always foolproof. And sometimes, rules are extremely easy to break. Especially when you don't even know that they exist.
Fight Or Flight
The woman didn't understand why she was being told that she needed to go to court. She sat on the couch in her living room, overwhelmed with thoughts about what she should do next. While she was thinking about what her next step should be, she heard the sound of banging coming from her yard. She looked out the window to see what was going on and that's when she saw them. As the four boys made their way towards her, shivers traveled down her spine. All she could think about was whether or not she should run.
Gerry Suttle is a 75-year-old woman from Texas. She spends her time enjoying her retirement on her land, living as peacefully as she can. She was able to purchase land when she was younger, and now she's able to live out her life on her two acres. Gerry realizes that she's not as young and active as she once was. So she most certainly wasn't expecting the visit she got from the police.
As you know, every state has their own laws. But Texas has one law in particular that has left Gerry in a state of confusion. Gerry Suttle called Riesel, Texas her home for a long time. One of Riesel's laws states that the grass on your property can't be more than 18 inches tall and you'll be issued a fine if it is. Gerry was never informed about this law and she was never given a fine, either. So what was going to happen now?
A Knock At The Door
Danny Krumnow, the Riesel Police Chief, stated that Gerry's grass was too high and that she was in violation of the city ordinance. Even so, Gerry was never issued a ticket, so she had no clue what was going on. Eventually, the police showed up at her front door to inform her that she was being sent to jail. Gerry was so confused and had no clue what to do. There had to be some way to fix this, but Gerry didn't know where to start.
Out Of Options
Gerry claimed that she had never received any kind of notice about going to court. Because of that, Gerry didn't show up in court and a warrant for her arrest was issued. Gerry thought about her options. She was a bit too old and weak to mow the lawn herself, but she couldn't really afford to pay someone else to do the work either. She was in a real predicament, but she never expected what would happen next.