Thursday, August 13, 2015

It's a birdin'

A lawsuit for the parents of the bird girl of Portage Bay--near the UW campus in Seattle--to get their attention. Neighborhood effects, well demonstrated by KIRO TV;
Earlier this year a story about an 8-year-old Seattle girl’s relationship with crows went viral.
Gabi Mann started feeding crows daily two years ago and the birds would leave her trinkets.
The kind of cute story that can't be resisted. Unless you have to live next door. Then you have to live with the messes;
 “The neighbors went to her and said please this is causing a problem,” said neighbor Janice Palm.
“People are having rat problems in their houses with the waste from the crows and the peanut shells are all over the place,” said Palm.
Turns out it wasn't just the little girl who was doing the feeding, so those neighbors filed a lawsuit asking for $200,000 in damages.
 “The case is against two adults.  The scope and scale of the feeding is not the work of a minor child.  The mother, Lisa Mann, is responsible for the vast majority of the bird feeding.  Gary and Lisa Mann have also constructed extraordinarily large feeding stations and hired employees to help carry out the feedings.  The feeding and related activities have run nearly every day, year-round, from the morning hours to as late as midnight,” said Anna Johnsen, attorney for the two homeowners that filed the lawsuit.
  See you in court. Caw, Caw, Caw!

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