Real Estate and Property Law
Is Plastic Santa’s Ho-Ho-Ho (and Singing) Too Loud? N.J. Judge Must Decide
Posted Dec 21, 2010 7:43 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
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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