Johnson City, N.Y. -- A New York state court waived $79,000 in fees for a woman whose hobby of taking reusable trash from curbside piles caused her lawn to become cluttered.
Karen Herzog, 59, of Johnson City, who refers to herself as a "recycler," said she has taken items including linoleum flooring, typewriters and porcelain figurines from trash heaps during the past 18 months and much of it ended up donated to the Salvation Army, the Press & Sun Bulletin, Binghamton, N.Y., reported Monday.
However, the items that remained in Herzog's yard yielded code violation fees totaling $79,000.
"I thought it was two violations at $250 each," Herzog said. "It turns out it was per day, times the number of days since I started to ignore them."