Salem Oregon Shuts Down Yard Sale Of Woman With Bone Cancer Trying To Pay Her Bills

Posted by | August 18, 2011 23:34 | Filed under: Top Stories

Submitted by Terry Barton

Jan Cline is fighting terminal cancer and the city of Salem, OR.

The sale was bringing in several hundred dollars each weekend until one neighbor complained and she got a visit from the city.

“He said, ‘I’m sorry. Rules are rules.’”

Cline says she understands the city is trying to prevent nuisances in neighborhoods but she doesn’t think she’s causing any trouble.

“We make such an effort of making it back here (backyard) so that it’s not goobering up the neighborhood, so it’s not like a garage sale all laid out day after day after day,” she says.

Salem says you can’t have more than three yard sales a year.

According to the Community Development Department, there is a reason for the law. In the past some people had set up what ended up being permanent flea-market-type sales on their property.

After hearing more about Cline’s situation, a supervisor said he is going to take another look to see if there’s anything she can do to operate within the law. But if she reopens now, it is a misdemeanor and about a $300 fine.

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