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Thursday, 30 October 2014 20:30

Turlock Woman Gets Fined by City for Halloween Decorations

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Turlock Woman Gets Fined by City for Halloween Decorations Contributed by Sherry Mailloux
Sherry Mailloux’s house, located in the 400 block of Piccadilly Lane in Turlock, has been a destination for many trick-or-treaters and the ogling eyes of parents for the past five years. Her elaborate “haunted house” is visited by hundreds, if not thousands of youth throughout the month of October, but this year she got slapped with a $100 fine from the City of Turlock.

According to Mailloux, an unknown man complained to the City, which caused an officer with the City of Turlock’s Neighborhood Services to come out to her house and issue her a $100 fine for “structure obstructs sidewalk.”

Understandably, Sherry was peeved — not so much at the city — but at whoever decided to complain about her Halloween haunted house.

“Look, we were all kids once and this is something fun for kids to do here, and lets face it there isn’t a lot to do for kids in Turlock,” she said. “I don’t understand how some gentleman can just decide he doesn’t like Halloween. It’s not fair to cause a fuss over this, it’s like me saying I don’t want a parade and the city didn’t have one and cancelled it because of just me.”

City of Turlock municipal code dictates nothing can block a sidewalk in any way, but Sherry says the sidewalk is not blocked. “If you see there is a clear walkway and there isn’t even any webbing touching the ground,” she said.

Sherry said she is planning on just paying the $100 fine, because she believes that her haunted house brings joy, or frights, to many children and it’s not worth the trouble to fight it.

In the past five years, she says she has never had a single complaint about her house and that it takes at least 16 hours of work to create what is easily one of the best Halloween-decorated houses in Turlock.
 

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  1. Ba humbug

Wow, way to go Turlock. Has Fox 40 showed up yet do a story showing what a fun killing city this is.
Do you have a new neighbor on the block? Maybe a holiday hating J.W?

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  1. No Halloween spirit.

I love her decorating! My kids love driving by and seeing all the decorations around that area. It's a shame one person has to try and ruin the fun for everyone.

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  1. LOL old man problems

People need to stop being so horrible and the city needs to stop indulging them

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  1. Richard desilva

May I suggest paying the fine in pennies

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  1. Jill

Some people simply hate Halloween so they try their best to ruin it for others. This should not have even been an issue. According to the picture there is no sidewalk obstructions. Why was she even fined? Just a reason for the city to make $$ off...

Some people simply hate Halloween so they try their best to ruin it for others. This should not have even been an issue. According to the picture there is no sidewalk obstructions. Why was she even fined? Just a reason for the city to make $$ off of someone doing good. Wow this story disappointing and annoying. I hope Karma reacts quickly on this one!

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  1. ex-Turlocker

Par for the course for Turlock. Someone does something cool and creative and someone else needs to squash the effort. Good thing the Scrooge doesn't live on Christmas Tree Lane.

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  1. the truth

I think what she did is awesome but it isn't at her home it is on a public sidewalk and if not dealt with then other people will start doing things like this. I think she could've received a warning instead of a 100 dollar fine. Another thing...

I think what she did is awesome but it isn't at her home it is on a public sidewalk and if not dealt with then other people will start doing things like this. I think she could've received a warning instead of a 100 dollar fine. Another thing though is your responsible for watering and maintenance for trees and strip of grass between sidewalk and street but yet you can't decorate it? How can the city fine you on something they don't maintain? Oh wait thats Turlock for you. More yardsale cops checking to see if you got permit to sell a couple items in your front yard then cops doing what they should

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  1. Kevin

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  1. Kevin

Bet u this man who complained does' nt have pumpkins on his porch or his light on. What a joy 2 c all the children dressed up & having a good time in a safe city . Bet he hates Christmass 2.

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  1. don

ILL BE DAMNED IF WE LET PEOPLE HAVE FUN IN OUR CITY!!!!!!WE DONT LIKE THAT HERE!!!!

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