Because you are simply too dumb to know what is best for yourself.
The shingles that Andrew Espey put up two years ago are holding up well, but the legal battle that came with them is far from over.
It all started when Espey decided to re–shingle his roof after discovering a leak.
Espey says, “The building inspector came along and told me I couldn’t do it. He told me I had to quit and take off the shingles and start over because they have a code.”
A Minnesota state residential code says that new asphalt shingles cannot be installed without first removing exist shingles, and on one section of the roof Espey was installing new shingles over the old.
Espey says, “They didn’t tell me I couldn’t overlay shingles when I got my permit…I didn’t even know they had such a code.”
The city served him a stop work order, but he ignored it and finished the job.
Espey says, “I was kind of getting disturbed a little bit, somebody telling me what I can do on my home.”
Nevertheless, on March of last year he was found guilty of four counts of violating building code and two counts of violating a stop work order, fined over $2000 and sentenced to 90 days in jail, 60 with good behavior.
Espey says, “60 days for working on a house and a drunk can drive down the highway and get a lot less.”
I have to wonder what kind of crack the jury was smoking. I think the judge, jury, police, and prosecutors who locked Mr. Espey up should be behind bars.
Just to be clear, tax paying citizens of Minnesota are paying thousands of dollars to prosecute and imprison a man for putting shingles on his own home.