Mother in Idaho faces six months’ imprisonment and a $ 1,000 fine for hosting a yard sale during coronavirus locks
- Christina Thompson was caught selling items that “filled the entire front yard, walked into the backyard,” and “were seen from Highway 41,” police said.
- Police first warned her on April 9 that she was unable to organize a yard sale because it is a non-essential issue
- They came back several times the following week and saw her sell last Friday
- She was quoted and has a court date of May 8
- Her husband Peter Thompson said his lawyer had told them that they “did nothing wrong.” “I don’t consider this a business,” he added
- He claimed that her dead father’s belongings were that they were sold to make ends meet and take care of their six children
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A mother faces a six-month prison sentence and a fine of $ 1,000 after repeatedly ignoring home orders to organize a yard sale during the coronavirus pandemic.
Christina Thompson was caught selling items that “ filled the entire front yard, walked into the back yard ” and were “ seen from Highway 41 ” in the city of Rathdrum, police said.
Thompson tried to flutter her belongings several times over the course of a week, despite police attempts to warn her that nonessential sales were ignoring Governor Little’s order.
Rathdrum police issued a quote regarding Governor Little’s residence permit. The family had a yard sale in the town of Rathdrum last week.
Christina Thompson was caught selling items that “filled the entire front yard, walked into the backyard,” and “were seen from Highway 41,” police said. She is shown with two of her six children
Her husband Peter Thompson said, “I spoke to my lawyer. He said we are not doing anything wrong. I don’t consider this a business, you know? We just sort it out and remove it as we go ‘
“A garage sale / yard sale is not an essential business and should not be open to business,” police said in a news release.
Officers were on site initially on April 9, and when Thompson asked if yard sales were prohibited, she gave her a copy of the governor’s order. A second officer reported the next day that she would remove the yard sale signs and that her family only “sorted” items that had no yard sales.
Three days later, on April 13, a notice on Craig’s List stated that the homeowners had a yard sale in their home. An officer reminded them that they were breaking the governor’s order and issued a written warning.
But when Rathdrum police returned home on April 17, “there was still a large amount of items in the front yard and sales transactions were taking place while the police were present.”
Last Friday, Thompson received a quote and is due to appear in court on May 8.
The police had received several public complaints about the yard sales.
Police first warned her on April 9 that she was unable to organize a yard sale because it is a non-essential issue. Neighbor complained about the things that were outside for a week
The woman’s husband said they were just trying to free up some space after her father died and left a lot of belongings.
Peter Thompson said the cost of renting storage space was getting too expensive and they had to ‘make ends meet’ to support their six children.
‘[The police] stopped last weekend, ‘said Peter Thompson CDA Press. “They told us that we were not allowed to have a yard sale because it was against the governor’s order. I asked them if we could arrange some things on the lawn and if it was okay to sell some things to some people. They said, “Of course, as long as there are no signs or advertisements or anything like that.” So we didn’t do that. ‘
He added, “I spoke to my lawyer. He said we are not doing anything wrong. I don’t consider this a business, you know? We’re just sorting it out and throwing it out while on the go. ‘
She was quoted on Friday after police warned her several times that she could not have a sale, but found them exchanging money with one customer