Sunday, October 14, 2007

Chalk this one up to bureaucracy

Sometimes you can't make this stuff up. Okay, maybe you can. But the real news reads just like the fake. The New York Daily News has an article this weekend about the city issuing a fine to a family for graffiti. The graffiti in question happens to be the chalk art doodlings of a 6 year old girl.

But the article seriously reads like something out of The Onion, right down to the posed photograph with the little girl and her mother looking up defiantly at the camera with a chalk drawing and an open box of chalk on the ground.

Apparently any time someone calls 311 to complain about graffiti, the city automatically sends out a warning notice that says you have 45 days to remove it or you'll get a $300 fine. But the odds of any chalk art sticking around for 45 days are pretty much next to nil, making the whole newspaper story completely ridiculous, yet still somehow oddly engaging.

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