The local police department says “a garage sale/yard sale is not an essential business and should not be open for business.”
by Eric Boehm
Christa Thompson was trying to clean out her late father-in-law’s house when local police in Rathdrum, Idaho, charged her with a misdemeanor offense that carries a fine of up to $1,000 and the possibility of six months in jail.
The crime? Holding a yard sale.
“A garage sale/yard sale is not an essential business and should not be open for business,” Rathdrum Police Chief Tomi McLean explained in a post on the department’s official Facebook page. “This was a large non-essential yard sale that filled the entire front yard and spilled into the back yard as well.”