You Won’t Believe the Reason Why The Government Is Coming After Your BBQ Grill

You Won’t Believe the Reason Why The Government Is Coming After Your BBQ Grill

bbqJust when you thought government couldn’t get more overreaching and ridiculous you hear a story like this. The local environmental agency came to a man’s home to complain that the smell from his BBQ grill was leaving his property and bothering his neighbors.

Patriot Newswire reported the ridiculous conversation between homeowner Scotty Jordan and Pinellas County Environmental Specialist Joe Graham.

“I’m only here because of the odor,” Graham says. “I’m only here because of the smoke.”

During the conversation, Graham asserts that the men are in violation of a local “rule” that bans the smell of BBQ from crossing over one’s property line.

“I can smell it again right now, but I’m on your property,” Graham tells the group. “You’re allowed to have it smell on your property, so that doesn’t count, but when I’m on the street, that’s when it counts.”

Astonished by the claim, the cameraman asks Graham how the group, or anyone for that matter, would be able to control where odor travels.

“So we’re supposed to control the smoke and the wind and where it’s blowing it?” he asks. [An astute observation]

Graham goes on to suggest that the group move their BBQ on a regular basis in conjunction with wind patterns or purchase a specialized version designed to minimize smoke. [Call the weather bureau!]

It makes you wonder what’s next, how far will the government regulating our lives and privacy? Watch the video of the encounter below, which is so bizarre you keep expecting someone to say it’s a prank or an Onion story.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2016.

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