This is New York news but there’s no doubt our laws tend to spread like a flesh-eating bacteria.
First it was lemonade stands, now it’s yard sales. The government of Babylon in Suffolk County thinks that all yard sales should require a $5 permit because the government needs to be in charge.
The town is proposing a new “Sales of Personal Property” section to its code to regulate yard sales, which are also known as garage or tag sales. A public hearing on the proposal will be held Tuesday.
A few cranks complained so the town board decided to jump to their tune. People complained about the cars coming and going and leftover stuff not immediately picked up – it’s “quality of life”.
Of course we need to exchange so-called “quality of life” for a handful of people for the freedom of the majority.
Other towns across Long Island have laws like this, some have $25 fees to sell your own junk.
There will be stiff restrictions regarding when and how often you can have a yard sale of course including restrictions on those little signs people tape to trees.
This sign won’t survive!
They won’t jail you but the fines get pretty stiff. The proposed penalty for violation would be: a fine of $100 to $500 for a first offense; a fine of $500 to $1,000 for a second offense within a five-year period; and a fine of $1,000 to $2,500 for a third offense within that same period.
They’re not looking for revenue, the town claims. I’d like to add “Yet” to that.
A number of residents are eager to give up this freedom and support the bill. Others say it’s “ridiculous.”
One resident said that when “you regulate things, they stay nice.” People need to be educated in over-regulation.
Yard sales are a bit of Americana that the government doesn’t want you to enjoy and your property isn’t yours to do with as you please any longer. It’s not only about the collective, it’s about the minority in the collective.