In this horrifying video the Delaware Department of Transportation confiscates eight basketball hoops in the Claymont neighborhood. In this story, like so many others, the theft occurs because someone complained about the hoops, which were stolen because they were in the “right of way.”
I don’t know why it still shocks me to see cops lie – it happens all the time – but the lie in this video seems particularly egregious. The cop tells the man he will be able to keep the hoop. They will leave it in the driveway. See what happens:
This is the stuff that anger and resentment are made from.
Kudos, though, to the wife for climbing up the pole the first time the thieves came. That was a gutsy thing to do.
According to Delaware Online:
DelDOT removed the hoops Friday in an enforcement of a 2005 “Clear Zone” law that requires the area adjacent to pavement in residential developments to be free of obstructions such as basketball hoops and bushes.
Six years to enforce a law is a lot of lag, even for a bureaucracy.
And one resident claims that a hoop had been there for 60 years. In the video he also claimed he was still in the process on writing letters to DelDOT, which they never responded to. I suppose you can petition the government for a redress of grievances, but they don’t have to answer.
The hoop owner filed a complaint with the state police. I find it hard to imagine that anything will come of it,but we can all hope for the best.
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