Homeowner Associations monitor your lawn, your garbage and your home “improvements” closely. Typically, their gripes are over silly and mundane issues, but one HOA is furious with a particular homeowner for parking a tank in the street. They argue that the tank “impedes traffic,” is a “safety issue” and causes “serious concerns for neighbors,” but the owner won’t be moving it anytime soon.
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Attorney Tony Buzbee, a former Marine, spent $600,000 at an auction last year for a fully functional M4 Sherman tank that has been demilitarized. According to Popular Mechanics, the tank was purchased from a French museum that was closing.
Buzbee says the tank has plenty of history behind it. “Took a year to get here, but now it’s on River Oaks Boulevard,” Buzbee told KHOU Houston. “This particular tank landed at Normandy. It liberated Paris, and ultimately went all the way to Berlin. There’s a lot of history here.”
Buzbee never thought there would be an issue with the tank because he believed his neighbors living in their millionaire houses would be able to appreciate the history.
Well, he was wrong. The River Oaks Property Owners group did take issue with the tank and has sent Buzbee numerous notices to remove the tank from the street. “It’s not violating any ordinance, but for some people it makes the homeowners association uncomfortable,” Buzbee said.
“The problem is there is no action they can take,” Buzbee said in a recent interview. “They can ticket it or they can try to tow it, but the truth is unless I decide to move it, it’s not going anywhere.”
Buzbee has no immediate intentions of removing the tank explaining he will eventually move it to his East Texas ranch, where he’ll strap a machine gun to it and run over old junk cars.
While the neighbors might be irate, Buzbee might just be a hero to all who have ever wanted to push back on their over-the-top HOA and its stupid rules.