Yard Sale To Pay Medical Bills Shut Down
August 19, 2011 by USA Post
Yard Sale To Pay Medical Bills Shut Down, The city of Salem, Oregon, closed the garage sale of a woman who had been selling their possessions to pay medical bills. The reason? A city ordinance limits a household to hold a garage sale three times a year, as first reported by ABC affiliate Katu.
Jan Cline, 64, said he did not know existed that law. She thought she was being discreet as host of the garage sale in the backyard, but an official code of the city on Monday became aware that a neighbor had complained that he was violating the law.
Cline, who was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer on July 1, has been unable to run their two companies, educational toy company and a limousine service. However, after being devastated by the diagnosis of the disease, which can be terminal, a garage sale thought time would help pay medical bills and house payments while she is almost an invalid. Meanwhile, she stays in the house of a friend to avoid going up and down the stairs.
“I have to be walking now, which eats through the bones and makes holes in the bones. I could walk and break a leg,” he said.
Cline said it is a “clever” and “stubborn” woman of business.
“I’m not the type to which the government pays my way,” Cline told ABC News. “If something happens to jump out and take care of it. That was my solution. I thought for half an hour. Hold a garage sale and sell my life great.”
The local chamber of commerce and friends have offered in the four or five garage sales this weekend of summer. She said she made a “couple hundred” dollars every weekend.
However, when the city was told I had to close the sale or pay a fine and 380 or go to jail, including the face, she said she cried.
“I just hope nobody else has to go through this kind of thing,” Cline said Katu. “I hope nobody else has to give their lives away from nickels and dimes and then said he can not even do that. I hope no one else has to do this once.”
City Ordinance 96,165 on yard sales or garage sales states that “it will be illegal to perform in the city of Salem garage sales more than three in a calendar year, each of these sales do not extend more than three days “.
“I told them I understand the law, but in this particular case, I would ask if there might be an exception. I like to think of myself as a human being instead of a complaint in a list,” Cline told ABC News.
Mike Gottard, public information officer in Salem, said the city is trying to help Cline, respecting the law and the neighbor who complained.
“We are very supportive of their situation are working to try to find something better,” said Gottard. “Once again, this was driven by demand. Do not go out looking for these things. We want to reach a solution for everyone.”
Gottard said the city is working with the Chamber of Commerce or to support religious groups Cline.
“I am not a drug dealer. I’m not broken cars parking on the street,” said Cline. “I am a business woman who contributes to society, not trying to take money from anyone. Are you saying I can not sell my belongings in someone’s private yard.”
Cline said he is waiting to survive the “aggressive” is undergoing treatment for it to return to work and earn an income. She said doctors have told him that has a 93 percent chance of remission when treatment ends in late October, and he could stay in remission for five to 15 years.
She said she hopes to be in the middle of that range because it is a “normal healthy person.”
Cline said that the items sold, the “luxury food” used for special events were the most difficult to sell.
“Okay. There are more things,” said Cline. “I have friends who bought things and tickled to learn that they possess. My experience has been bittersweet. I’m a glad people find thing at a great price. I am sad to see them go.”
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