Margaret Johnston thought she was providing Christmas charity when she opened her home to two young homeless people. She changed her mind after they stole all her alcohol and started using drugs. Unfortunately for her, by then they had stayed three days, and law enforcement in Manatee County, Florida, refuses to enforce trespass laws for anyone who's been in the same place for three days. Police told her she needed a legal eviction order before they would act. Fortunately for Johnston, her unwanted guests accepted a payout to go away rather than forcing her through the lengthy expensive eviction process. But it seems a taking to me when police won't enforce property laws because of a local custom not on the law books. [WWSB via ATL]
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