Real Estate and Property Law

Is Plastic Santa's Ho-Ho-Ho (and Singing) Too Loud? N.J. Judge Must Decide


Jill Patella clearly enjoys Christmas. A video of her New Jersey home shows decorations in every window and a plethora of holiday lights. She even has her toilet decorated with a special seat cover and commode rug.

But a neighbor says the ho-hos and singing of a life-size plastic Santa on Patella’s porch are driving the holiday spirit out of him. And a police officer agreed that Santa is a noisy nuisance and issued a citation, reports WALB News 10.

Patella, who says Santa was the last gift she received from her now-deceased husband, isn’t planning to make any change to her Christmas display even as she faces a court date. However, her neighbor, Mark Dittman, says he feels bad that the situation is putting Patella in front of a judge and is willing to pay her fine … if she silences St. Nick.

“I’ll fight for my Santa. I have the right,” says Patella, who has reportedly retained counsel.

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ABAJournal.com: “Citizen Prevails in Toilet Planter Clash: It’s Not Trash, Judge Rules, Nixing $25 Ticket”

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