DEXTER, Ore. – Neighbors in Dexter said they’re frustrated with a house in the community that they’re calling a “hoarder situation.”
They organized a demonstration against the house on Saturday, June 9. It would include a petition they had planned to present to the county board.
Tensions were high in the area because of this issue. Community members said the home is not only an eye sore, but also dangerous. They said it’s right where kids walk by to get to the bus stop, and they’re not entirely comfortable knowing their kids have to walk by all that chaos every day. They want to see something done.
"Some of us live in small towns,” said Rick Burnett, a Dexter resident. “Some of us get by in small towns and love to be in small towns, but when our small town becomes polluted, then it's time for someone to step up."
Residents on the property said they’re frustrated with the whole situation. They feel like the community is judging them for how they’re trying to make a living, which is recycling, and being unfair.
They also feel like it’s not their right to tell them what to do with their property. They said the whole thing is none of their business.
"People are just too nosy. You know, they just want to get in everybody's business when they need to worry about their own,” said Chotu Carlson, a man who lives on the property.
Carlson said if the community wants it cleaned up so badly, they should offer ways to help. But neighbors said they don’t think that should have to be their job.