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Man protests failed Dunkin' Donuts sale with toilets on his lawn

Oct. 16, 2013 at 5:56 PM

AUGUSTA, Maine, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A Maine man whose plan to sell his home to a developer to build a Dunkin' Donuts was foiled by city officials said he will fill his lawn with toilet planters.

David Labbe of Augusta, who works as a plumber, said he had a deal to sell his property to the developer, which wanted to turn the home and an adjacent closed-down service station into a Dunkin' Donuts, but the deal fell through when Augusta officials rejected the zoning change proposal that would have allowed the business to move into the neighborhood, the Kennebec (Maine) Journal reported Wednesday.

Labbe said he is protesting the decision by filling his yard with flowers planted in toilet bowls. He currently has five toilets filled with flowers, but a sign he posted says he is seeking 60 to 70 more to fill his lawn.

"I'm going to line the whole street with toilets," Labbe said. "I figure I can put almost a hundred up in there."

Labbe said he doesn't care if neighbors who spoke out against the Dunkin' Donuts plan are upset by his project.

"That's too bad," Labbe said. "They pissed me off, I'm going to piss them off now."

However, Mayor William Stokes, who lives close to Labbe and was a vocal opponent of the proposal, said the protest is unlikely to have much effect on the neighborhood.

"He's not pissing us off," Stokes said. "Most of us who live on the street think it's pretty childish behavior."

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