80-Year-Old Woman Criminally Charged For Feeding Ducks

LYNN (CBS) – A woman known as “the bird lady” is facing criminal charges for feeding the ducks, geese, and pigeons at a local pond.

Eighty-year-old Claire Butcher has been feeding the birds for 45 years at Flax, Sluice, and Goldfish Ponds in Lynn.

But the controversy really began to simmer back in 2009.

At the time, Lynn officials were fed up with Butcher. They had been complaining for several years, asking her to stop bringing shopping carts full of food to the pond.

The city contended Butcher’s feeding the birds was causing a problem with animal feces as well as attracting rats.

“You can see how filthy it is over there and how many animals reside there. It’s because of the constant feeding by Ms. Butcher,” Lynn’s Attorney Vincent Phelan told WBZ-TV on Wednesday.

WBZ-TV’s Ken Macleod reports

The city sought an injunction and eventually made a deal with Claire. She agreed not to feed the ducks anymore.

But officials say she repeatedly ignored the deal, which included a No Trespass Order. She was fined several times, but never paid up.

Her reasoning, she felt, was simple.

“The animals in the park do not belong to the city of Lynn — they belong to God,” Butcher said.

So, the city upped the ante and launched a criminal complaint. And on Wednesday, a court ruled that Butcher had violated the No Trespass Order and a city ban on feeding wildlife and should face criminal charges.

Butcher claims she’s just feeding a few domesticated ducks, and is disgusted by the city’s response to her actions.

“I guess Lynn has nothing else to do besides chase an 80 year old woman down the street for feeding ducks,” Butcher said.

The city says they realize how the situation looks, but their major concern is public safety.

“The only thing we wish to do is have her stop,” Phelan said. “It is a clear public safety issue at this time and the city has had enough.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

Neighbors have also had it with Butcher.

“She’s flaunting this and the neighbors are fed up with it,” said Allissa Kummel, who lives near Flax Pond. “She’s a nice old woman and that’s her joy in life. But it’s a big problem for the city, as well… It’s piles and piles of bird poop.”

After the court hearing, when asked if she was going to stop feeding the birds, she responded, “I don’t know. I’m going to think about it.”

Butcher could spend up to 30 days in prison if it’s found that she violated the ordinances.

WBZ-TV’s Ken Macleod contributed to this report.

Comments

One Comment

  1. p faioa says:

    Put her butt in Jail. Do the crime domthe time. Age should not matter.

    1. dom says:

      She knowingly broke the law and should be put in jail, her age makes no difference. This isn’t an issue of morals or ethics, the lady thought feeding the ducks was harmless. They explained to her the reasons that it was a nuisance. She must have thought she knew better or that she had superior moral or ethical values to justify breaking a law. But being that she broke the law her arguments are invalid and the morality and ethics do not apply, she could have given that food to starving children rather than obviously already well-fed ducks. She should have just bought some ducks to feed on her own property; she could have cleaned the waste herself and stayed out of the clink.

      1. Pearlie says:

        So we are all supposed to follow the laws to a T even though the government is allowing people to break the founding law of this country on immigration, because of ‘circumstances’? Pretty effed up that we are all lumped into one law as you want and then there is a group of people breaking the laws that you turn a blind eye to.

    2. Miguel Saavadera says:

      Oh, yes! Let’s encarcerate her and spend some more money on usless and non-productive things for our government.

      Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security (safety) will not have, nor do they deserve, either one. BF

      Bird poop can be easily hosed down, and cleared off.

      1. Daniel says:

        So miguel we should not wast the money to put some one who broke the law in jail, but we should spend the money to pay to clean up their actions?

      2. Yankee Ingenuity says:

        How about getting the maintenance man to put the droppings into their compost heap.
        The town nearest me sells compost; but, then again, I live in a Republican district way down South where all the stupid in-breds live.

      3. Locke says:

        An ordinace isn’t a law, it’s an opinion of a city, a corporation.
        Yes, a city is simply a corporation, a business.
        They just suck liberty from everyone.

      4. Jane Anderson says:

        No Daniel, no one has to “spend the money to pay to clean up their actions”. Get another convicted criminal. When they are put on probation then have them clean up after the ducks as part of the terms of their probation.

      5. jay dough says:

        it’s a man made law!!! I REPEAT, MAN MADE LAW!!!!

        We have to many LAWS MADE BY FOOLISH MEN!!!

        Stick it to the city Ms. Butcher…the PEOPLE will rally your support….

        Hhmmmmm…..MAN MADE STATE, MAN MADE CITY, MAN MADE PARK, MAN MADE LAWS…….

        Only thing not man made in this story is the person feeding the animal and the animal…

        Wonder who I side with!

      6. Dave Shaffer says:

        An ordinance *is* a law, Locke, on the municipal level.

      7. Tyrone says:

        I agree Miguel. Lynn has bigger fish to fry, like the vast numbers of illegal aliens here. I’m glad you agree that Lynn should be using its resources to round them up and deport them.

      8. Locke says:

        No Dave a law has criminal penalties.
        An ordinance has financial/civil penalties.
        It’s like a Mafia edict.

        And the city needs to be disincorporated.

      9. MoreFreedom says:

        There is a conflict between the freedom of Claire to feed the wildlife, and those who want to enjoy the park provided by the city, without having to deal with bird poop and rats there thanks to Claire. Owning the park, the city can create rules that those using the Park must obey.

        If Claire wants to feed the wild animals, she should do so on her own property, and she is free to do that.

      10. Guys Against Women says:

        “MoreFreedom: If Claire wants to feed the wild animals, she should do so on her own property, and she is free to do that.”

        Ive already, this year alone, read a story where a business owner, on his OWN PROPERTY was fined/jailed for feeding geese because he was “too close” to an airport.

        Government is just stepping in everywhere it can. If the laws werent so strict on not hunting birds in parks/cities (there are MANY ways to do so without guns) then there obviously wouldnt be a bird problem. How many people here go hungry every day? we have here some volunteers willing to feed the animals for free. Now we just need some volunteers to hunt the animals and serve them up to people who are hungry.

        COST EFFECTIVE, NO GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT needed… instead, everyone tries to sue and write laws and build more government. Crazy.

      11. Forge Park says:

        You cannot hose down poop in the water Miguel. Ducks do not naturally stay in one pond, they move around to others. When someone feeds them regularly, they don’t move and will ruin the pond with all their poop. That is not the natural order.

      12. LTCB says:

        I suggest you let her feed them all she wants. And let the landowners in the area just as readily shoot them when they want (the rats too). Talk about a reasonable answer and you kill two birds with one stone. She’ll stop feeding them and they’ll all go away if you start shooting them.

      13. s-smith says:

        In some states local laws are called ordinaces. I notice they found away to avoid a jury trial! If they do put her in jail for this she should schedule any medical care she needs while jailed so city has to pay for it.

      14. Nick from TX says:

        Guys Against Women:

        I’m with you that in this case, about the woman feeding ducks in the park, it is stupid.

        But, as an Air Traffic Control student, I can tell you that birds near an airport is very dangerous. The speed limit below 10,000 ft is 250 knots, or about 290 mph. On take-off, most aircraft are going to be accelerating to around this speed, but even on landing, when aircraft are between 100-150 knots, the impact of a 10 pound bird hitting a propeller, or being sucked into a jet engine, or hitting a windshield will possibly have grave consequences.

        I have to disagree with you on the opinion that the man you referenced was a stupid incident.

      15. Capoprimo says:

        You obviously haven’t had the misfortune of walking in a park populated by ducks. Before entering your own home, you have to clean your shoes and disinfect them so that the poo isn’t dragged throughout your home. Ducks are dirth filthy creatures and aside of their aesthetic value in the park, they have no value at all.

      16. Harry Li says:

        OK, jail time is stupid here. But if she has been fined, why not get a garnishsing or attachment order and liquidate the debt. The reason this is not done is because our legal system has no teeth whatsoever anymore, and exists only to invite scorn and derision. There are no consequences to actions anymore, so how can you expect anyone to respect the law?

      17. jeffsmom says:

        how about you tell her if she wants to feed them you must clean up after them. this is a win-win. she can do what she enjoys and the city can have a clean park. all they have to do is provide her with the tools… c”mon people let her keep herself busy doing a good thing for these creatures…

      18. Larry from Phoenix, AZ says:

        Those are exactly my sentiments on the matter. I’ve already sent an email to the mayor suggesting it because, as you said, it’s a win-win arrangement. She should take some responsibility for the mess she’s been a direct factor in.

      19. Sandra says:

        Bird droppings cannot go into a vegetable compost, nor should any other fecal matter (especially human) or even meat trimmings. Poop from omnivores does not break down the same as vegetable matter including lawn waste and tree trimmings. What you wind up with is a toxic soup of e. coli and other nasty germs breeding in a stinky, unhelpful mess. “Well rotted manure” from horses and cattle are different, in part due to their high grass and grain diet, and the intestinal flora particular to their digestive systems.

      20. JohnC says:

        The Airbus 320 that ended up in the Hudson river lost power after sucking geese into it’s engines on takeoff from La Guardia Airport. Restricting the feeding of birds in the area of an airport is a very reasonable action.

      21. Ray says:

        Hey Miguel, are you going to hose down the bird poop or should my tax dollars be spent paying a town employee to do it?

    3. Locke says:

      How about disincorporating the fool city instead.

      1. jay dough says:

        well said!

    4. asdf says:

      what a stupid reason to throw someone in jail. i hope it’s your tax dollars they’re spending on it.

      1. davefromGA says:

        People stupid enough to want to enforce this insanity should be required to fund it. I also hope that when they “bend” the law that the full force of justice is brought upon them as well! As one guy in this blog stated…do the crime, do the time. I hope what goes around comes around for him.

      2. Justin Time says:

        Agreed. The city just wants to have a d-swinging contest with an elder.

        There’s a reason she’s been feeding them for 50 years and its not because she has a lot of extra bread to get rid of. Probably something she did with her husband and child before they both died in a tragic accident.

        There are several solutions available, none of which require fines, injunctions, or jail time. No one working for the city, involved in this, has any common sense.

    5. Ian Rooney says:

      this woman is a typical aging hippy who still has no respect for anyone or anything but her own drug-induced ‘free love’ psychosis. Why doesn’t she care for the concerns of residents who have to deal with the flying rats known as pigeons infesting balconies on building, field mice infesting neighborhood homes, etc. I don’t care HOW old she is. She is callously ignoring the problems that she is creating and breaking the law. Good for the city.

    6. BillsCatz says:

      Wouldn’t be talking so tough if it was YOUR 80 year old granny, would ya?

      1. Jeff says:

        You wouldn’t be talking so stupid if it was YOUR property negatively impacted by illegal and extreme feeding of wild animals.

    7. Dan K. says:

      Are you people really serious? Oh my poor little pavement path along side a pond we’ve ruined over the years is being destroyed by the wildlife we’ve displaced!!!! Do you really wonder why other countries hate us. This lady has been feeding the ducks around here before you were even born. There was more farms around than ignorant people from Lynn (one of the crack and cocaine breeding grounds in New England)

      1. Susan BetzJitomir says:

        HAS ANYONE CONSIDERED A CATCH AND RELEASE OF THE EXCESS WILDLIFE/

      2. Cap says:

        Give it a rest, you environmental loony — Humans have AT LEAST as much right to this earth as all the wildlife that is soooo dear to you. Are you out there criticizing the bear that displaces the poor defenseless duck, or the eagle that runs all the other small wildlife out of their area?

        Is it really necessary to bring a friggin shopping cart full of food for these birds?

    8. Rev. David Valjean says:

      Land of the Free and Home of the Brave? Let us persecute a kind, little old lady for feeding God’s creatures. “Mommy, why is daddy sodomizing that Syrian man? For freedom Billy, for freedom…”

      1. Luke says:

        That’s PROSECUTE, not PERSECUTE. Persecution means the person gone after is innocent; this swabhead is clearly guilty.

      2. Lisa Beth says:

        Have you ever met her in person? Kind is not a word that one would use to describe her.

    9. Jerry says:

      Jail ? She should be executed immediately, as well as all other people who feed animals.

      1. Klaus says:

        Why hasn’t the city euthanized her and harvested her organs?

        She’s 80, America’s new retirement age, according to the Supercommittee dismantling Social Security. And by retirement, ObamaCare’s death panels mean “retirement”. Shouldn’t there be a lifetime limit of carbon dioxide emissions allowed by a “useless eater” like her? In the meantime, she should be indefinitely detained in a military camp without due process as an enemy of the State.

      2. beverins says:

        We need to start with Jerry, methinks.

    10. stewge says:

      no…she’s probably just lonely…the best solution is to have a duck roast and feed the poor in her honor. I say open season on all the fowl.

    11. lael says:

      Those white, domesticated ducks MUST be fed by humans to survive. So, unless the city has a feeding program in place for them, she’s right to do what she does. Those ducks are there permanently and the amount of poop people are complaining about would be the same regardless. I say they should leave the woman alone.

    12. dave says:

      God, you idiots amaze me. People wanting to incarcerate a poor elderly woman whose only “crime” is feeding the ducks. I would wager that all of the replies on here from such people including the one from “Yankee Ingenuity” are from your typical liberal lowlife entitlement seeking scum. People also argued that the duck guano would ruin the pond…well folks, would take a huge amount of ducks to do that. Before anyone says anything, I raised ducks on farms. I would chance it to say that I doubt this pond is supplying drinking water or is used for swimming.

    13. NotFondOfLibs says:

      Nice comment, pal. This is what government does when it is incapable of solving the real problems of a city, county, or state. Can’t catch crooks, gnagster, or drug dealers? Simple. Go after old women who try to do something for animals. Your attitude is typical of a stupid iotot with no clue.

    14. Isabel Vanover says:

      This lady iis doing something humane! More people need to examine their consciences and do something humane for animals. Anymore animals don’t seem to matter. Instead they’re a nuisance. When did we stop caring and being humane? If the bird poop is a problem, create jobs to clean it up, jerks!!!

    15. Isabel Vanover says:

      It’s people like you, and I use the term for lack of another, who don’t care about society. you’re a selfish ignorant, self centered idiot. A lady is doing something humane and you want to stick her in jail. It’ s thinking like yours that has changed our country for the worse! Why not use the opportunity to create jobs to clean up the poop and leave the poor woman alone!

    16. Lynn Gunter says:

      Ever notice how everything governments do is in the name of “public safety.” It’s for your own good people.. TSA Healthcare, EPA, and on and on and on..Welcome to the new soft dictatorship, where almost every citizen is some kind of criminal..

    17. jshell says:

      By that definition, Jesus Christ was a criminal.

    18. G D says:

      Instead od paying 30k a year or whatever it is to jail her. Pay someone 30k a year to clean up the park. She isn’t hurting anyone.

    19. Martha Stewart says:

      The mentality that says this old lady should be jailed is exactly why the United States has the largest prison population IN THE WORLD!

      1. freecheese says:

        The reason the U.S. supposedly has the largest prison population is because 75% of violent crime is commited by blacks. Blacks represet 13% of the U.S. population.
        Also, per-capita, I am sure MANY third-world countries far exceed the U. S.
        You need to do like I did. Check out Haiti, Thialand, Cambodia, for starters — and you’ll eat your words !
        These statistics can be confirmed if you do a search on the net. They are provided by the U.S. Justice Department, headed by a far-left Attorney General by the name of Eric Holder, who is under fire as I write this.
        Do your homework !

    20. Ghostsouls says:

      So, it’s okay for Humans to take over a park, with tents, pee all over the place, dispose of their trash in public parks, take a dump anywhere they like, causing major health hazards to the public, but please don’t feed the ducks. Have you people not ever heard of a “compromise” where I live we had a similar situation with a man. The city made an agreement with the man. They gave him a box, said he could put bird food in the box, not to exceed the size of the box, he was then allowed to feed the birds, between 9 and 11 am 5 days a week, he was to pick which 5 days. All is well, and everyone is happy. Why does there have to be such hate for people and animals?

    21. Chris says:

      If’ it’s that big a deal have animal control remove the ducks. Then you have no mess on the ground because there is nothing there to eat the food which wont be provided because there is nothing there to feed. Leave the old lady alone.

    22. Patrick S says:

      I agree she has no regard for the law Put her in JAIL

    23. jim says:

      why not just kill the ducks ,no ducks,no crap ,nothing to feed

  2. gramps says:

    ‘DUCK-GATE’! Toss her in the ‘Slammer’! That’ll fix Lynn’s problems…

    What’s the loaded rate per hour for 3 cruisers, chasing a 80 year old?

    Lynn’s crime rate is twice the Massachusetts average & 33% higher than the national average!

    Look:

    http://www.homesurfer.com/crimereports/view/crime_report.cfm?state=MA&area=Lynn

    Remember poor ‘OZZIE’?

    gramps

    1. franki says:

      Well they could not have used too muuch fule chasing that lady- I mean how fast can an 80 year old women really run…

      1. Chris512 says:

        Apparently you have never seen Granny in The Beverly Hillbillies…

      2. T-Texas says:

        Question?Will the ducks stop pooping after she stops feeding them.I don’t think so.Sounds to me like she has some big burly commie cops trying to intimidate a poor little ole lady who enjoys feeding the birds.At her age this probably one of the few things she enjoys in life.The city counsel need to let her along.

    2. jpbrody says:

      What’s the loaded rate per hour for 3 cruisers, chasing a 80 year old?

      I don’t know, but you know how those 80-year-olds move. No wonder they needed three cruisers. Would like to know how many drug deals, muggings and other nefarious acts went down while they were chasing grandma for feeding ducks.

      1. some body says:

        They like to go for the lowhanging fruit. Real crime perps are too hard to apprehend – and dangerous.

    3. gramps says:

      OT: ‘Ozzie’ the Duck’, gets a ‘Memorial Stone’…..

      He live’s on in the memories & hearts of the people of ‘Westfield’…..

      http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/11/westfield_citizens_scholarship.html

      A fitting memorial.

      gramps

    4. Exciter says:

      Why not just have a Duck BBQ next time she’s out there feeding them?

    5. Brandi Lefeber says:

      Yes, and maybe instead of chasing the 80 year old with three cruisers, it would probably be cheaper to hire one city worker to go out and shovel the bird poop and put it into the compost pile……..

  3. JoKe says:

    Selling Drugs is forgivable. Feeding ducks is not.

  4. comprof says:

    Free country? Jail someone for feeding ducks while PETA screaming about not using animal furs or saving the starving dogs. I guess it is OK for ducks to starve. Anything to reduce the personal freedom of individuals to the power hungry government officials at all levels. What stupidity.

    1. Sally Burke says:

      Ducks are quite capable of getting their own food, but they become dependent on people who feed them but shouldn’t. The old lady broke the law multiple times and is thumbing her nose at law enforcement. She’s not too old to learn a new trick, i.e., obey the law.

      1. Mick says:

        When I first saw the headline I was appalled, but after reading the article, I agree with your sentiment.

      2. jay dough says:

        F#CK THE LAW!!!

        The politicians set the law, then make themselves exempt….

        The cops break the law they are supposed to enforce…

        I AGAIN SAY, F#@K YOUR MAN MADE LAW!!

        You are not to brainwashed to learn a new trick….like OBEY the T.V

        hahahaha….go get em granny!! Sally, if you want to turn your children and household into an obey sanctuary for the corrupt and sheeple, be my guest, BUT

        I don’t OBEY for my future childrens sake, I FIGHT FOR IT!!!

      3. jack herer says:

        Well now these ducks that have been dependent on this lady for 45 years have no food source, your talking about Darwinism at work, only the laziest survived and made it. Now these surviving generations are in Jeopardy and you are going to allow their dedicated care taker to go to jail. That caretaker is grandma, let her be happy feeding the ducks for the rest of her limited life, Come on world step up.

      4. WagTheDog says:

        Right on, Sally! I say give this woman a job at the nearest zoo. That would be at the Stone Zoo, ten miles from Lynn in Stoneham. The city of Lynn can arrange the job and provide her transportation. Or just buy her two parrots trained to say “Don’t feed the ducks!”

      5. citizen says:

        Sally,
        your logic is not sound, take a look around. assume you replace ducks with people. “People are quite capable of getting there own food, but they become dependent on people who feed them” there lies the proplem with your liberal progressive atttitude.

    2. fred says:

      The scumbags at PETA are the biggest monsters of all. I love animals and I love birds but I’d sooner see every PETA member hung on a tree and their rotting corpses feeding the stray animals they are supposedly protecting. Google Penn and Teller and PETA if you want to see the truth about these nut jobs.

  5. Chompin At The Bit says:

    Time to renew the passport.

  6. glenp says:

    this definitely is a LIBERAL CAPITAL CRIME she should be slammed for the rest of her natural life (which shouldn’t be toooo so very long)

  7. Heavily Armed Irishman says:

    Gun sales up 37%. You better get an AK-47 if you are to deal with what’s coming.

    1. Mark Matis says:

      Just remember – when TSHTF, take out the pigs first. For it is THEY who have been angling the swill that has destroyed this country. In direct violation of their oath to the Constitution, no less…

    2. Walter Fowley says:

      I agree, I know what’s coming, once those flocks of ravenous ducks are not being fed any longer they’ll be looking for a new food source, people.

      We will need AK’s to keep from being eaten while tje government does nothing

    3. Locke says:

      Our best bet is to end the private Federal Reserve now by electing Ron Paul so that what’s coming won’t come.
      The private Federal Reserve is the cause of the financial collapse and is ordering government tyranny to build-up a police state to keep control.

      1. Michael says:

        ^^^^THIS!^^^^^

        Locke is on to something here. Follow the money and it will lead you to the real power, amidst the festering corruption. RON PAUL 2012!

      2. jack herer says:

        thank you RON PAUL 2012

      3. patriotgirl1 says:

        RON PAUL COULD NEVER GET THE NOMINATION, BECAUSE OF HIS STAND ON THE MILITARY.

  8. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

    Whew, I know I feel safer with this menace to society is behind bars for feeding ducks– and that the goobermint is vigilantly protecting people’s “civil right” to schtup the ducks instead.

  9. Ryan K says:

    When just looking at the headline, I was on the side of the woman, but after reading the story, I think she had her fair chance to comply. Throw her in jail! I hate duck poop!

    1. Buck Bagaw says:

      The smart thing would be to deliver the duck poop to her house, and continue doing this until she gets the message. Two days, maybe three, and she’ll stop hauling groceries to the park. Did this to a neighbor who was using my yard for a dog toilet and the results were immediate.

  10. S Palmer says:

    These headlines suck. If I shot a guy and stole his kidney because I needed one I can imagine the headline here would go something like “Man faces charges for wanting to live!”

    1. rock says:

      haha i was thinking the same thing…
      biased media

  11. Italo says:

    Another feather in the cap, and further personal-space encroachment, by our upside-down legal system. Are they going to start fining us soon for how many times we feed our toilets everyday? I mean, apologies for sounding crude like that, but not everything, including this issue with an 80-year-old elderly woman, should be sucking up time and dollars in our court systems. Once again, give me a freaking break and I think our whole society is really going nuts, to the dogs. Or is it to the ducks?

  12. Capt_Incredulous says:

    How dare she feed the King’s ducks! Off with her head, I say!

    1. Paul says:

      That is just ducking crazy. You big city folks are all ducked up in my mind.

  13. Really??? says:

    Enough of these so called NEWS stories stirring the pot favoring the offender. Yes, I like to read stories besides death and drugs, But Really? If you cant do the Time, Don’t do the CRIME!!! Stop blaming the police and the judges for doing the right thing! Age,Race,Religion has nothing to do with what’s right.

    1. jpbordy says:

      True enough. But there is such a thing as a proportional response to the “perpetrator”, the type of crime and other mitigating circumstances. It does make me wonder about the morons who sent the police after this lady, while other things were doubtless “going down.” Someone decided to get into a plssing contest with grandma, just because they could.

    2. JimTX says:

      I think once again we are confusing what is “Right” and what is ‘Legal” There is absolutely NO correlation between the two.

  14. elmerjfudd says:

    One qestion….. when is duck season?

  15. Infowars says:

    Cute little story…really tugs at the heart.

    Meanwhile the government:

    just declared indefinite detention for citizens, anywhere on earth
    is actively soliciting bids to staff FEMA camps
    is hardening buildings and rushing to build bunkers
    gave record military weapons and riot training to local police
    legalized the internet kill switch as needed

  16. Martin Weiss says:

    She feeds ducks and goes to jail but Eric Holder allows guns to go across the border and he still has a job. Where’s the fairness in that.

    1. TRADERLU says:

      Eric Holder is a member of the “anointed” ones who rule over us. She is just an old women with a tender heart towards God’s creation.

    2. donskoi says:

      Holder never caused ducks to poop on the sidewalk! Get your priorities in order!!!

  17. Marvngardenz says:

    I believe she should should perform community service cleaning quano from area walks and benches!

  18. Big Bear says:

    When I saw this headline, I immediately thought: Massachusetts.

    1. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

      Good thing it wasn’t NY or CA– she’d be forced to marry the ducks. Or at least the females anyway.

  19. ManOnPoint says:

    This why I don’t live anywhere near a liberal-infested city like Boston!!!

  20. Bob says:

    I wonder if she was sent to the TSA to be frisked for weapons.

  21. mrsharfer says:

    Even the TSA knows what terrorists grandmas are! Feeding ducks is a precursor to jihad!

  22. foggyworld says:

    An “offender?”

    Cost Accounting aside, this doesn’t sound like the greatest place in the word to live But we should rest easy knowing that Jon Corzine, former governor of New Jersey and misplacer of billions, will go scot free while Ms. Butcher and maybe a jaywalker or two will spend their Christmases in jail.

    Truly, there are things wrong with this picture!

  23. John C says:

    People who disregard the law SHOULD be put in jail.

    1. Jail Congress says:

      Agreed. 1,500 bankers went to prison during the S&L crisis. Today the nation is being looted and we all know the law is being followed, right? Eric Holder is out there every day slamming his fist down screaming about equal justice for all.

    2. Brenda says:

      Exactly. But I think the point people are trying to make is that far worse crimes are NOT being punished, so why this one. I agree. If you break the law, you pay the price. But is this the priority…in Lynn? I bet 25 far more heinous crimes were being committed in a 10 mile radius of that pond at the exact same moment. And this is the battle they picked. And three cruisers? Really.

    3. Rowwdy says:

      Oh really John C? Where should we start? With Reif? Pe;osi? Obamao? Holder?

      Quit being so pious.

      1. petem says:

        Bush, Cheney, Rove,Rumsfeld, nearly everyone at Goldman Sachs

  24. dude says:

    I do not like parks where children play to be covered in bird and rat droppings because someone is feeding the animals and attracting more and more animals, making the park filthier and filthier.

    Lady deserves to go to jail. She is selfish and not thinking how this violates the right of people to enjoy a filth-free park.

    1. petsorus says:

      You should try spending an afternoon with your kids feeding the ducks. They would love it.

    2. josie says:

      The old lady feeds the birds at 3 ponds. But only 1 of those ponds, Flax, is at a playground.
      So, if kids playing around bird droppings is the big issue — it would make a lot more sense if the city of Lynn were to strike a simple bargain with the woman.
      She continues to feed at Sluice and Goldfish, but stops at Flax.
      That way, she’s still caring for the birds she loves, yet not contributing to the “fowling” of a children’s play area.
      And since the Flax birds will likely follow her to the other locations, anyway (they DO fly, you know?) — it’s a win/win situation!
      See, Mayor Kennedy? Sometimes, you CAN please everyone!

  25. Sam says:

    30 days? Not near enough time, should be 30 months. She’s repetedly ignored city ordanences, refused to pay the fines. Jail seems more than appropriate.

    1. dude says:

      I am getting sick of drudge. He is becoming more unreliable in his headlines. This is about when I stop reading drudge as it is now nothing more than a conservative version of a tabloid supermarket newspaper. He discredits himself more and more with these misleading headlines. She needs to go to jail for making that park too filthy for children to safely play.

      1. mike says:

        Drudge is fine. Your worthless complaining is not.

      2. tunnel at the end of the light says:

        Hay “dude”,
        Drudge does not write the headlines. They are directly from the source articles that he links to. Check with the PC media and thier agenda!

    2. chester arthur says:

      Do you often get your delicate little panties in such a bunch,Samantha?Feeding the birds,many of which appear to be domesticated ducks released in the wild by some numbskulls who don’t have the brains to feed their own pets is a serious crime?Would you rather the ducks were wandering neighborhoods looking for food?That’s what domesticated ducks released in the wild do.They get hit by cars(a great thing for the kids to see,right?)If this community had a brain,they would do what was suggested earlier in another post,be thankful the poo is all in one place,gather it for mulching and compost,and sell it.Profit the city instead of burdening it with the expense of incarceration of a non-violent bird feeder.But I guess the geniuses in that community have no more common sense than the rest of the Baaastoon area bureaucrats.If you want to jail people for non-sense,how about spelling (ordanences?Yikes).

  26. joe brenner says:

    JURY NULLIFICATION.

    1. Chili Boots says:

      Yes, Indeed.

  27. Chili Boots says:

    Lynn, and the Greater Boston Area, have lost their Freaking Minds.

    Go chase some criminals, you big, tough guys. You are Total Idiots.

  28. SH says:

    Show her somewhere that she can feed the animals. Maybe a local petting zoo or a park that does allow it. Jail is just stupid for this crime. Do they really have the resources to keep doing this stuff. Every member of congress has broken far worse laws than this.

    1. Diane Viewing says:

      Dear SH,
      How lovely to see a commenter with a brain and a bit of flexibility! Do they have a soup kitchen in that town?
      DV

  29. mark edward marchiafava says:

    welcome to Amerika.

  30. mixplix says:

    Now I know the reason that Ted Kennedy was elected year after year, a seven year old is held for a sexual crime for kicking a bully in the stones while he was being choked and a high school football players touchdown was called back. Insanity!

  31. Massimo Deportado says:

    Ducks are cool.

    Libs? Not so much….

  32. malcom says:

    Illegal aliens don’t repect our laws so why should anyone else? America is dead, do what you want.

  33. Grant says:

    The majority of these comments are just silly. Read the article, this has nothing to do with the left or the right. She was bringing SHOPPING CARTS full of food to feed ducks. Ducks don’t eat too much and it would take a lot of ducks to get rid of a shopping cart full of food. This excessive feeding was causing an excessive amount of duck feces and it was attracting rats. She was told to stop and she refused. I’ll agree that the amount of cops needed to stop her also seems excessive and this entire situation sounds ridiculous, but she was causing problems with her amount of duck feeding (Increased park maintenance, pest control, etc.). You’re feeding ducks wrong when you attract rats too. At the most they should give her a slap on the wrist and make her clean up some duck poop.

    1. meh says:

      Ah so what. She’s a crazy 80 year old down at a freakin’ park. Who cares? The ‘problem’ will resolve itself in a few years. People think we need a law and enforcement for everything instead of live and let live.

    2. Yankee Ingenuity says:

      You almost stumbled on the answer. Just charge her to feed the ducks. If she can pay for a cartload of food, it shouldn’t be a problem. They can charge whatever it takes to get a con doing “community service” to clean it up, or just pay the maintenance man to do it. This ain’t no crime.

  34. Dunnyveg says:

    My first reaction was to disagree with the prevailing sentiment of other posters that this story represents a miscarriage of justice. If it were the case that this woman wer causing a huge mess in a park, the authorities would be justified in doing whatever it takes to stop her.

    Then I asked myself why they didn’t limit this old lady to feeding the ducks in a manner that didn’t disrupt order rather than banning her from the park and threatening her with jail. The answer? They decided she wasn’t going to feed the ducks at all.

    Is American government really supposed to be this authoritarian and officious? It’s one more story on how we’re losing our country.

  35. Christie Lynn Edds Cali says:

    Really–duck feeding. They could not find anything else to do in their town so they went after a little old lady feeding ducks. Lets say this was causing a problem (I doubt it). There are tons of things they could have done instead of banning her from the park and duck feeding entirely. Limit the feeding to a certain area, or times, or any number of other solutions. No someone had to show that “they were the boss, and they would throw their weight around.” Petty tyrants running this land now.

  36. frank mack says:

    Foolish old woman. She will never understand; A fed bird is a dead bird. fm

  37. Captain Bligh says:

    100 lashes for her. That will teach tje wench.

  38. Trisha says:

    Leave a trail of bread crumbs from the pond to her back yard. Problem solved and she won’t have to walk as far.

  39. Bilford Rielly says:

    Feeding the Ducks is a crime?

    Well the Lib/Commie/Dem/Pedophiles excell at stupidity – this is just one more of the thousands of exaples of their idiocy.

    And you Lib/Pedophile/Commie/Dems think you are soooo enlightned – It’s called STUPIDITY!

    1. petem says:

      I know you are but what am I?

  40. dDd says:

    Don’t spend a dime in Lynn, Tell everyone you know and how about an investigation into everyone in city government and the how the money is spent?

    Just maybe somebody else will be going to jail … for real crimes. As government is always the biggest criminal.

    http://911essentials.com

  41. SouthernBoy says:

    Every one of you should go there and feed the damn ducks. Where I am we take care of Granny.

  42. Todd says:

    Oh no!… not duck poop near where ducks resiide!! How unnatural! Maybe she should be handcuffed, flogged, drug behind the county jail and have a bullet in her head. Then the ducks will no longer find food and defaecate.

    Tell that lady to move west where there are farms… and animals… including ducks.. and yes… manure. And people that are friendly. .

  43. J.Reno says:

    Putting someone in jail is expensive. Bring back CAINING

  44. Larry from Phoenix, AZ says:

    The problem is pretty easy to understand. Feed the birds, they poop. Keep feeding the birds, they poop more, and they stick around waiting for more food. After awhile, you’ve got a lot of poop just sitting there stinking up the park. Pretty unsanitary.

    So, the real problem is not so much as her feeding the birds, but the results. The actual consequence of her feeding the birds (now a criminal act), which in her mind is a humane act, should be — instead of prison — to clean up after the birds for a month. That would be much better than incarcerating her in her golden years! That would be the true crime!!

    Someone, please bring this idea to the attention of the city council.

    1. Stacey York Morris says:

      Larry from Phoenix, AZ – Forget the ducks, you just described the “Occupy” movement and its consequences perfectly!

  45. Billy Collins says:

    Meanwhile at the DOJ Eric Holder is smuggling guns into Mexico.

  46. Cindi Beattie says:

    Why worry about someone feeding some ducks when they should be worried about feeding those in need? Cities should be sued that worry about beautification at the expense of their citizens. We really need to shake things up in this warped country.

    1. Dino says:

      Ducks are edible. Someone should be harvesting and preparing them for the local soup kitchen. Hey, I know a little ol’ 80 year old lady that has some spare time on her hands…

  47. Marilyn says:

    I remember when these women who are born in the 1930s were still in the work force. Whether they were American or European, you could usually count on them to be catty backstabbers, bullies and underhanded drama queens who are above the rules. Many were prone to petty theft. The more subdued ones were just more discrete about it. I have good friends born in previous and subsequent decades who have also observed this bizarre phenomenon in their own experiences. I feel sorry for those who have to work with them in retirement homes as these personality traits don’t improve with age.

    1. Rowwdy says:

      You are a vile, hate filled person. Didn’t your grandma leave you enough inheritance? I hope you aren’t a nurse or doctor. Women of the 30’s and 40’s had morals and manners as a rule. It wasn’t until the feminist (NOW) movement got started that women turned into loud mouthed wenches such as you appear. I feel sorry for women like you.

    2. bob says:

      You’re a disgusting repulsive example of everything wrong with the world. I hope when you get old someone tosses your useless fat a$$ into an incinerator. Alive.

  48. IraqVet says:

    …and Erik Holder at the inJustice departmwnt walks away from his complicity in the death of a border patrol agent during a botched ATF illegal gun running operation…the lesson here is doen’t mess with the ducks or you’ll really p!zz somebody off.

  49. Bob T says:

    Gangs are allowed to own certain neighborhoods. Guilty banksters avoid prison. Illegal “immigrants” are granted amnesty. And grannies go to prison for feeding ducks in a park. Yep, we’re No. 1 all right.

  50. DAFFYDUCK says:

    How dethpicable! I wonder what Duck Dodgers would do?… (spinning into his cape) Duck Dodgers to the rescue, No fear my fair lady I will save you.
    Oh great My cousin will be very vey angry. He is not going to like it…….
    AFLAC,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Oh no you better run, he’s gone beserk,,,, AAAFFFLAAAACCCCCCC.

  51. Bernard says:

    Early each day at the steps of Saint Paul’s, the little old bird woman comes
    In her own special way to the people she calls “Come buy my bag full of crumbs”
    Come feed the little birds show them you care, and you’ll be glad that you do
    Their young ones are hungry, Their nests are so bare. All it takes is tuppence from you. Feed the birds, tuppence a bag. Tuppence, Tuppence, Tuppence a bag
    Feed the birds, that’s what she cries, while overhead the birds fill the skies
    All around the Cathedral, the Saints and apostles look down as she sells her wares. Although you can’t see it, you know they are smiling each time someone shows that he cares. Though her words are simple and few, Listen, listen, she is calling to you “Feed the birds, tuppence a bag, tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag.

  52. asdf says:

    so we won’t toss obama away for treason or pelosi away for possible insider trading, but we will put an elderly woman away for caring for animals. our country is messed up.

  53. Yankee Ingenuity says:

    How about just charging he a ‘Duck-Feeding fee’ and tacking it on her Utility bill. If she can afford a cartload of food, it shouldn’t be a problem.

  54. allyr says:

    She has a mental problem. You shouldn’t be feeding any wildlife you are endangering them. Let nature be. They know WHAT TO DO. People are actually sticking up for her for dragging in SHOPPING CARTS FULL of crap? eyeroll.

  55. Denver says:

    Lynn, Lynn the city of sin. You never come out the way you came in.

    Worked at Aircraft Engines in the 80s but lived in Salem.

  56. feedtheducks213445 says:

    Do you think they would treat her this harshly if she was african-american?

    1. Dino says:

      Why do some idiots have to make everything racist?

  57. Daren says:

    Better than crocodiles. Good thing it wasn’t Lake Placid.

    /But there was probably a Democrat involved in this travesty.

  58. TupperwareHoax says:

    I agree with the jail time and think they need to gether a new purpose in life. Old people love to take the I don’t give a damn approach hoping everyone will feel sorry for them. She’s being destructive and should stop. She doesn’t want to stop. Put her (I LOVE how the idiots at CBS call the lokey pokey “prison” – how stupid is that…) in detention. Just keep her locked up in some cupcake facility for 30 days and chill her out. She will be fine. No one is going to harm her. The effing applies to her too. If you were trespassing and didn’t stop, you would go to jail. Unless you were an illegal alien.

  59. abe Noxious says:

    The people who lived in the area had to deal with the by-product of the ducks. They’re the ones who got the city involved. The old woman obviously wasn’t doing any clean up work. She didn’t care about anyone else. Consequence will work on an 80 year old just as it will on a 3 year old. Take the keys and lock her up. Age is no excuse

  60. reevers says:

    Give her community service, which should be to clean up all the duck poop.

  61. Susan says:

    Clearly her intentions are good. This lady’s local animal shelter most likely badly needs vounteers. Those animals would greatly appreciate her devotion and help. Maybe her city council could suggest this to her.

    1. Stacey York Morris says:

      Susan you mean the GOVERNMENT OPERATED animal shelter where they inhumanely murder our pets daily on the taxpayers dime..

  62. Thomas Muir says:

    where the ACLU where’s PETA where’s the dog whisperer.

    if i was her tell the city to bring it.

    1. Dino says:

      They should bring the poop to your house.

  63. Katz P. Ajamas says:

    She has nothing else to do with her life. Give her a more compelling direction and she will not have time for ducking.

  64. Helen A Hanbasquette says:

    Must be a great place to live where feeding ducks warrants a jail sentence. My town’s revolving door jails are so full of murderers, rapists, arsonists, armed robbers, violent assailants, arsonists, car-jackers, gang-bangers, and occasionally, OWS protesters that they have to release some of them back into society just to make room for new-comers. I’m envious.

  65. chilitokid says:

    Whether she feeds the birds or not the birds are still going to take a deuce whan and where they want. Does Lynn have someone on the payroll who’s job it is to pick up the birdie pooh with a birdy poop-a-scoop-a?

  66. scott says:

    Whether she feeds the birds or not the birds are still going to take a deuce whan and where they want. Does Lynn have someone on the payroll who’s job it is to pick up the birdie pooh with a birdy poop-a-scoop-a?

  67. yuni says:

    she’s the equivalent of a cat lady at large. instead of having a collection of cats destroy her own house, she is taking an innocent, common activity–feeding ducks–to the extreme, and causing a health hazard and public menace. she’s not a hard-core criminal but she is mental and needs treatment.

  68. Jason Harlow says:

    The city doesn’t have a leg to stand on. For one, city parks are open to anyone. Secondly, those white ducks you see in th pics are domesticated pekin ducks, which are NOT “wildlife”. Perhaps instead of prosecuting the woman who feeds them, they should be prosecuting the low lifes who dumped those domesticated ducks (which are flightless, and not able to survive well in the wild) there in the first place.

    1. keith says:

      as long as they don’t break the law – if you break the law (no matter how dumb the law) they can ban you from the park, and then charge you with trespass if you come back. Just because it is a public park, doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want there….

  69. Joe Dienstag says:

    Now this is too stupid. What? The city can’t clean some bird poop off the sidewalk where a little old lady feeds birds? But got the money to take her to court. Guy with safety vest, scrapper, and dust pan. $20 bucks to clean the poop. Lawyers, judges, stenographer, bailiffs, court house, etc etc. Thousands of dollars spent, and there is still poop on the ground! IDIOTS!

  70. Cameron says:

    Everyone should have her guts! Don’t pay these asinine fines. God owns the animals. Cops should be arresting criminals, drug dealers, illegals, truants, rapists, robbers, etc. This story is so outrageous, just shut up and go home already.

  71. kishke says:

    The problem is not the granny, it’s the ducks. So get rid of ’em. Problem solved.

  72. George says:

    Why not give this Lady the ‘job’ of feeding the critters? Get the vets in town to come up with a diet and have her ensure it is met. A win win…. nah that is dumb, lets them throw her in jail, I am sure no one else will feed those critters.

  73. freecheese says:

    Hey, this happened in the “NATHEAST.” How do the people in New Yawk get away with feeding pigeons in the park? Duh ! Liberals, shame on you .

  74. Rsltracey says:

    Feed the ducks. It’s time to break every fkn law we have

  75. keith says:

    guess if they go after an 80 yr old woman for doing what she has been doing for 45 yrs, that must mean the 5 year olds that go down there with a bag of bread are just as guilty for feeding the ducks. Sorry it is the EXACT same thing….you stop the old lady, then you gotta stop the kids

  76. dudeman says:

    I have parks full of goose poop were noone feeds the geese/ducks. That is BS they blame her alone for the poop problem. D they really think that if she just stopped feeding them there would be no geese or ducks there.
    Control freaks run our governments. What happened to freedom? Is she really hurting people with her actions enough to fine and arrest her? Give me a break.

  77. Laura says:

    If she want to feed the ducks, fine…but she has to clean up the poop. Have the police stand beside her at the park until all the poop is picked up.
    We used to go to Flax Pond a lot when we lived in Lynn and the goose poop was all over the place, it really ruined the park and I was afraid to bring my dog there for fear she’d eat it and get sick.

    1. Susan Mercier says:

      You can’t “pick up” the goose poop as you would dog poop. It is rather liquid and needs to be hosed away with a high pressure hose. Those ducks and geese have been in Flax pond since I was a kid in the 60’s. You can’t blame that woman for the entire mess down there!

  78. Butch says:

    After they threw granny in the slammer, the cops went and shut down 3 lemon aide stands.

  79. Nick says:

    She’s a cat lady without cats. Just one more nincompoop with a good heart and the muddled mind of a child, which results in utter disregard for her neighbors.

    She needs a parent. Not a modern parent who would encourage her to feed the geese, and who would sit next to her throwing bread to the vermin. She needs a parent who might wonder if it’s not such a good idea to feed offal to crap factories in the neighborhood.

  80. Tyler says:

    An 80 year old woman faces a month in prison for feeding ducks. Hey, if she broke the law, that’s on her.

    Jon Corzine stole over a billion in client funds and walks around a free man. How lovely it must be to have political connections and be unaccountable for anything. This disregard for the rule of law in this country is despicable.

  81. Gnarls777 says:

    This is a big problem? No, this is a opportunity for these authorities to show their relevance and beat up on law abiding citizens (except for the “laws” they make up).

  82. joe bob briggs says:

    to quote ray winstone in edge of darkness “everything’s illegal in massachusetts.”

  83. Rowwdy says:

    From many of the comments on here, I see a LOT of hatefulness toward the elderly. I’ve also noticed elderly abuse and attacks growing since Soros bought Obamao the WH. It is really sad to see how America has turned it’s back on the very people who sustained 3 wars and kept America going. YOUR day will come too. None of us stay young forever.

  84. August says:

    Hanford Weapons Depot has radioactive and toxic waste EVERYWHERE, seeping into water well and floating down the Columbia river; BILLIONS estimated to clean it up & not one person in jail, but they have to throw this little old lady in jail for feeding birds….

  85. Betty says:

    With so many suggestions for the Duck Lady, I’m surprised no one has suggested this. Have the park service supply a large locked container for her to shovel the poop in. When it is about 2-3 inches deep, the park service can cover it with several inches of black dirt and when the bin is full with both inches of black dirt and poop, the park board can use it as fertilizer for the park. She feed her birds and the park saves money on fertilizer.

  86. eR8DCC says:

    How dare the ducks to continue to lure her in by eating the food she brings to them.

    I vote to jail the DUCKS!

  87. Jon Baker says:

    It’s things like these that make me understand why people would risk their lives spending months to cross a whole ocean not knowing what waited for them on the other side. Too bad there’s no place left to go, maybe I’ll buy an island.

  88. mj2 says:

    Give her the lash!

  89. Evan T Spurrell says:

    the purpose of government is to protect our liberties. The city is stupid, its going to waste more money putting her in jail and fighting her. than simply paying the park maintenance to hose the side walk off. old ladies who feed birds is part of what makes life worth living

    1. Susan Mercier says:

      Ah, the voice of reason. How refreshing!

  90. Mao Kelly says:

    @p faioa
    It is well said. Put her “butt” (ass) in jail. Fling the contemptible, emaciated crone into a cavity and slam the iron bars on her. I am so gratified that my people (the American people) have evolved so admirably far on the scale of social justice that they no longer hobble themselves spiritually with creampuff thoughts concerning old age or charity. Well done, my people.

    1. Dryvebye says:

      The ducks seem like the typical OWS group.
      Freebies. Sombody else pays.

  91. JamesJu says:

    Oh yes, jail this woman, but those that CAUSED the economic collapse of the world remain free. Typical.

  92. eejay says:

    Please learn the difference between jail and prison. No one goes to prison for 30 days

  93. Keir says:

    As soon as someone uses supernatural beings to justify their decision to break laws and regulations, I lose all sympathy.
    http://tracesofevil.com

  94. Art Montgomery says:

    Has anyone interviewed the ducks?

  95. midusdew says:

    Hey Andy, Who’s the Barny Fife that arrested the old lady?

    It’s absolutely Pathetic! that some law enforcement officer actually arrested an old lade is for feeding some ducks.
    .

  96. Montford John Greenwood says:

    Stop making laws you know nothing fools.

  97. ANIMAL WELFARE says:

    She is actually doing great harm to the animals. Even though you might think it is altruistic and kind, they do not learn to provide for themselves and thus do not develop habits of self sufficiency which are required to survive and thrive in this world. This creates a sub class of dependent animals. HMMM, am I talking about the animals in the pond, or am I talking about welfare recipients in the ghetto?

    1. Stacey York Morris says:

      Exactly!

  98. Mike says:

    DISGUSTING LEAVE THIS LADY ALONE.. WTF IS WRONG WITH U PEOPLE .. THE LADY IS 80 …OBVIOUSLY DOESN’T HAVE MUCH ELSE TO DO….. SO LEAVE HER THE HELL ALONE AND LET HER LIVE THE REST OF HER LIFE AND FEED AS MANY, GOD DAMN, DUCKS AS SHE WANTS!!!!!!!

  99. Let 'em eat says:

    Geez, leave the woman alone, Lynn, MA!
    With all the law-breakers infesting Lynn, you’d think the officials would have more important issues to deal with than this!

  100. James Webb says:

    This lady is using her age for a very bad cause. Let’s prosecute her and ask for the death penalty. How about this….if you doesn’t die in 10 years, let’s execute her.
    .
    Why wait, let’s execute her now. The ducks can attend her execution and maybe they will think twice before allowing an elderly lady feed them.
    .
    No doubt about it. She must die.

    .
    .
    .
    .or
    .
    .
    .

  101. ANIMALAURA says:

    Harvest the ducks and have a city wide BBQ! Problem solved.

  102. Jarson says:

    The government servants of Lynn are just as out of control as the rest of this country’s giant failed government. Deny a person her liberty over feeding the ducks is yet another reason this country needs a civil war to rid ourselves of the enemies of liberty.

  103. rex dart eskimo spy says:

    wouldnt it just be easier if both her and the damn ducks were just killed? public safety is thereby perfected.

  104. greenback says:

    Simple solution: allow hunters the same right she has to feed the ducks as they have a right to hunt them and eat them. The more she feeds, the more game for the hunt. The less she feeds, the less she sends ducks to their death.

  105. Michael Troop says:

    and we wonder why the city is in financial hardship

  106. Em Spearing says:

    Well hell … enough is enough! I say we TASER her, drag her away in chains, shave her head and shove it into a brank (Google it), pull out her fingernails, give her forty lashes and rub salt into her torn flesh, and finish her off on a breaking wheel (google that, too). Or we could have some sympathy and understanding for an old woman who wants to be kind to other creatures. I guess it just MUST be one or the other. I mean, THINKING and all is so rare these days.

  107. DL says:

    why is it a person can do something for 45 years and another person(s) can come along a deem it illegal????????????

  108. Jerry says:

    Meanwhile on the other side of town crack dealers are flagging down cars and scantily clad hookers are not bothered by police or city officials

  109. Jerry says:

    It took them 45 years to decide that feeding ducks is putting people in danger

  110. MWeather says:

    If we start enforcing laws at the top, on elected officials – say, Congress? And toss them in jail for insider trading, something which is HIGHLY illegal and is nothing more than a bribe, then maybe we can work our way down to arresting grandma.

  111. Mike G says:

    Lets see. In Mass. you want to lock up an 80 year old woman for feeding ducks but allow thugs to run loose at Dean for beating up somebody and stealing from them. Great state you got there.

  112. Pashley1411 says:

    My mom, age 81, would be completely in her camp. She would go to jail to feed squirrels and much larger varmints, not a dam thing you can do to an 81 year old with an attitude, lol.

  113. peterkuck says:

    Land of the free, home of the brave. Lynn Mass, I am ashamed of you.

  114. Kevin Daniel Crespel says:

    How about having her feed the homeless with a portion of the ducks that she’s helped to fatten up?

  115. Alces says:

    Let me get this right. It is criminal to feed ducks in Massachusetts but it is alright to drive a car into a river and leave someone in the car, leave the scene of the accident and try to get someone else to say they were driving. But feed ducks and you go to jail.Massachusetts, the home of the phony elites.

    1. Farmer Bob says:

      Well, she started feeding ducks 45 years ago and at that time it was still legal to feed ducks and drown girls, although I still believe it’s legal to drown girls there if it’s politically convenient..

  116. susan says:

    She sounds like a kind lady but a mixed up one. Maybe some thearpy and working at the SPCA would be better than jail.

  117. OldBob says:

    This lady is very offensive, she has created a miniature replica of the Federal government………….

  118. dusty says:

    let us shoot the damn geese

  119. Yooj says:

    I wonder if someone was letting their dog leave “gifts” in the same spot on the sidewalk day after day whether people would object to having that person arrested.

  120. BirdWatcher says:

    The real answer seems obvious. Surprised no one thought of it. Fill in the pond. No more ducks or geese.

    I find it amusing that the very same leftest who want wettands for the migrating birds don’t want the birds to actually land. Phonies.

  121. Decline To State says:

    The woman has done it for 45 years and now they expect her to stop?
    I guess the city of LYNN now wants the birds to starve and die.
    And just where will the “judge” and his ilk go to feed?

  122. Aviyah says:

    They should be gong after real criminals like Corzine & other criminal bankers as well as those in the government who regularly break the laws of this country (fast & furious being one example), not old ladies feeding ducks.

  123. Tom Davidson says:

    The City considered going after *real* criminals, but thought that might be dangerous, so they decided instead to pick on a harmless little old lady.

  124. CraftyandSly1 says:

    Something tells me that it will be a cold day in hell before any prosecutor will be able to find a jury on one’s peers who will find this lady guilty for her actions. After all, our local, state and federal governments are guilty of THE SAME VIOLATION!

    It’s called welfare …

  125. Ellie Light says:

    I’ve got a 12 ga. solution to their duck feeding problem.

    1. Paul says:

      That only takes care of part of the problem: Who is going to clean the ducks and who is going to cook them?

  126. abbey says:

    That’s Massachusetts! Insane. Just like Vermont.

  127. DigitalBob says:

    Shopping carts full of bird food = shopping carts full of bird poop. Anyone who is defending this sweet lady doesn’t understand the health hazard from disease, the mess from piles of bird crap, and rats this mess attracts. Your rights stop at the end of my nose and if she wasn’t a sweet 80 year old lady creating this mess she would have been arrested a long time ago. I think the city has been very patient with her and she has ignored them.

  128. MajWilliamMartin says:

    Our Worthless ATF runs Guns and Causes the Deaths of 200+ People and Federak Agents too. Not one Indictment. Banks Laundering Money for Drug Cartels, Not one Indictment. Obama starts a War in Libya Killing 50,000 Libyan’s and Gaddafi who was to be Awarded a Human Rights Award, You can’t be an Evil Dictator and get nominated for Human Rights, So Obama is caught telling yet ANOTHER LIE! No Impeachment.

    Cop’s beating the Hell out of Occupy Citizens expressing their 1st Amendment Rights, No Indictments. Holder Purgers himself over and over, No Indictments. The FBI supplies BOMB’S for Terrorist’s that They Create and not one Indictment for Treason and Aiding and Abetting for Conspiracy to commit Murder, Not one Indictment, Banks screw Millions out of their homes and not one Indictment. Kid’s shut down selling Lemonade a (Federal Crime)
    FBI and CIA Spying on American’s and not one Indictment.
    Congress doing Insider Trading, Not one Indictment. The list goes on and on. But Feed a Duck and your a Criminal. This Country SUCKS.

  129. eddie says:

    PLEASE! RESPECT THE ELDERLY!!!
    As they become older sometimes we have to put up with more irrational behavior, but it is THEIR TIME, THEY’VE EARNED IT! Let’s work around those things always respecting them. Respecting an old person means putting up with childish behavior and still never EVER treating them as children or as a burden.
    It requires a little bit o strength, but it’s what makes a dierence between a civilized people and savages.

    America is now closer to how the Eskimos treat their elders than how the Japanese or Italians do!!!!

    Susan Betz that makes a lot o sense.

  130. Allora R Dagon says:

    Honestly you think her feeding the ducks is why they poop. If she feeds them they come back and gather in a specific place yes but they will find food and poop no matter if she feeds them or not. Maybe take all that money you are spending on harassing the poor old woman and use it to clean up the park instead. Then the old woman can feed the ducks the kids can experience nature and animals who are already being pushed out by cities will still have a place to go.

  131. Allora R Dagon says:

    Honestly you think her feeding the ducks is why they poop. If she feeds them they come back and gather in a specific place yes but they will find food and poop no matter if she feeds them or not. Maybe take all that money you are spending on harassing the poor old woman and use it to clean up the park instead. Then the old woman can feed the ducks the kids can experience nature and animals who are already being pushed out by cities will still have a place to go.

  132. tb says:

    Occasionally feeding ducks and geese is one thing but when you have years and years of feeding them with shopping carts full of food that’s another thing entirely. Has anyone EVER seen a duck near a pond that starved to death? What this woman has done has conditioned generations of waterfowl to NOT look for their own food. She has made them dependent upon her. This isn’t an act of charity because charity is something done for someone who cannot do for themselves. This is an old woman on an ego trip.

    1. eddie says:

      Makes sense, it is a materialistic approach though.
      ducks are put in these ponds, quiet specifically so that older people can watch and feed them. she’s not invading a national park in her ego trip.

      most old ladies have never had “me time” or even a sense o ego in their whole lives.

      so let them! as long as they don’t cause a real catastrophe, they have a right to special toleration. reversing the current o generations would (and is) very cruel to humans.

  133. mitch bupp says:

    I wonder if they have gone after all the stores that sell wild bird feed? I wonder if this ordinance also applies to a persons backyard but the police don’t enforce it. I know here in Virginia on Smith Mountain lake they have a similar ordinance which bans feeding waterfowl. She might be correct when she speaks about who owns the animals … it is the state which even claims the whitetail deer on a persons property as “the states property”

  134. danny dietz says:

    What a surprise this story comes out of the Boston area……

  135. Mike says:

    Why not let this 80 year old women enjoy her later part of her years and feed the birds? The city can have some real criminals come out and scoop up the poop letting the city either sell it or give it away free for fertilizer for peoples gardens. This way all will win, except the real criminals.

  136. Mark says:

    I’m sure some wickedly evil Federal Prosecutor will take the case and make sure she gets 27 years.

  137. Bubba says:

    She obviously has mental issues. A shopping cart full of food!

  138. robert g says:

    WOW birds poop. Why is it that people assume that nature is “clean”. Face it, it’s a dirty world out there. Live with it. I’ll bet the fish are peeing in the water too.

  139. Scudbuster says:

    “Wednesday, a court ruled that Butcher had violated the No Trespass Order and a city ban on feeding wildlife and should face criminal charges.”

    “city ban on feeding wildlife”!

    So – anyone with a bird feeder in the yard should face criminal charges?

  140. temperedopinions says:

    What’s sad is that this is a lost opportunity.

    Instead of talking about realistic ways of incorporating wildlife into our every day lives, we’re arresting the elderly.

    Ducks and swans in particular have caused real problems in New England. Not only is the excrement gross, it’s unsanitary. We can just whine about there being no farms, because that’s a reality. Yet, no one has real solutions.

    It’s sad. There are better ways.

  141. jrlomy2k says:

    Bottom line is that both sides are in the wrong. No, they should not be imprisoning 80-year old grannies for feeding the wildlife. However, she lied and told them she would stop, and didn’t. Feeding them is a chronic issue of fecal matter and the sheer number of which are flocking to the area. The other problem is that these animals now depend on being fed there, losing their lack of their own foraging instincts, ergo diminishing their chances of survival. When these animals are born, they are taught how to survive without the assistance of humans (at least on this kind of level). As large hearted as this woman is, she has done more harm than good for these animals. HOWEVER, the city needs to stop this Gestapo mentality and arresting everyone that has a pulse. Our civil liberties have been diminished by the Communists of America. It won’t be long before one is arrested for less than this; even for following the law. Congress recently passed laws for incarceration of “terrorists” on American soil (without any legitimate reason) According to the spirit of the new law, said granny could be considered a “terrorist”. Think about that.

  142. Cindi Beattie says:

    That Stepford “community” needs to worry about the 10% unemployment, the homeless, the kids that don’t get breakfast or lunch, the illegals and any other social problems that most towns face. Their focus on duck poop and “beautification” speaks volumes.

  143. pete says:

    Calling all Cars, Calling all Cars, All units respond, put down your Coffee and DONUTS and arrest the old bag for feeding the birds

  144. Bella says:

    While the OWS protesters urinate and defecate in the parks, and nothing happens to them. This country is upside down. YIKES!!!!!

  145. Poverty By Design says:

    Shopping carts full of food eh? I wonder which grocery store will take the loss in that small town. Since she will no longer be buying those groceries each month.

  146. Rebelamerican says:

    If ever their were a group of city officials who needed (and deserved) to have their butts kicked this is it.

    Of all the pea-brained, lunk-headed mis-uses of authority I have heard of in my life, this is the topper.

    Find me a tall tree, and give me a rope(several ropes)!
    This is an outrage!

  147. Stefan des Lauriers says:

    “The animals in the park do not belong to the city of Lynn — they belong to God,” Butcher said.

    This is the problem. It is God’s responsibility to feed the birds. Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” (If you don’t believe in God then it is Mother Earth’s responsibility.)

  148. Poverty By Design says:

    Guess we need to start charging everyone that stocks a pond to since when you feed the fish it also feeds the ducks. Also who is going to give the local grocer the money he will loosing each month now since she will not be buying carts full of food.

  149. Robert says:

    Leave the poor old woman alone. If she wants to feed animals, let her feed them, for God’s sake.

  150. Ted Huss says:

    Then why not let God feed them? Then, the ducks can feed the homeless and perhaps a few feral cats. Wager the City authorities are populated mostly with democrats.

  151. RuRu says:

    I feed the birds and the squirrels at my home. I guess the Gestapo will come for me next. All of the terrible crimes going on in this country and they have to pick on a woman, who by the way, has been doing this for 45 years. Please!!!

  152. TroyG says:

    It doesn’t take Solomon to figure out the solution here. This is easy.
    Every time the old gal goes to feed the animals, send a City Employee with a shotgun to kill anything which shows up.

    I promise that it will only take 1 time to stop the undesired behavior of the Feeder.

  153. Clearhead56 says:

    Way to go, Lynn! !!! It’s high time somebody waged an overwhelming counter offensive against these domestic terrorists. Why, next thing you know might be that this dangerous outlaw is organizing the ducks into an ‘OCCUPY FLAX, SLUICE, AND GOLDFISH PONDS” mob !! I just can’t wait to see the vast municipal improvement this operation is going to produce !!

    Flax Sluice Goldfish

  154. Birdguy says:

    I live in NYC and can tell you that the eccentric old ladies who just love to feed the pigeons never seem to have the same generous attitude when it comes to cleaning up the mess that is left behind. They want a warm fuzzy feeling without regard to their fellow human beings who have to clean up in their wake. Instead of being generous, these people are actually very SELFISH. Throw her in jail.

  155. Brian says:

    I would normally want to side with the citizen. But in this case, she appears to be going above and beyond what is considered reasonable. A shopping cart full? Really? The minute her actions become a nuisance to the other park users, then she is the selfish party in the equation. Surprisingly, the city seems to be the one that has demonstrated reason and restraint up to this point. Her age has nothing to do with the facts other than to add emotion to her side. Emotion sells papers, but the facts suggest the city has compromised enough and has to be the bad guy for the rest of the customers of the park to be able to enjoy it. Nothing says a happy picnic like sitting on top of a ton of duck s%*#.

  156. Ronald C. Yochum says:

    Why not just have the Fire Department go there once a month and hose down any bird poop. Quit picking on this old lady. She’s not long for this earth. You should be a shamed.

  157. john martin says:

    obviously a dangerous criminal i think ten years of hard labor would be fair.

  158. davec says:

    Usual “attack the victim” play here.

    ““You can see how filthy it is over there and how many animals reside there. It’s because of the constant feeding by Ms. Butcher,” Lynn’s Attorney Vincent Phelan told WBZ-TV on Wednesday.”

    Liars, the BIRDS are the problem. Is SHE pooling on the ground? Is the bread magically turning into poop?

    This is a problem of bird overpopulation an a City refusing to address the real problem. Same here at a local pond, and occasionally they cull the birds to keep the numbers down. People can stil go to THEIR park and feed birds, and everything works.

    But these disgraceful Nazis are going to throw gradma under the bus for THEIR incompetence in City management?

    It is NOT a “public safety” question. This is a LIE fabricated to trump up charges, withotu it, THEY HAVE NOTHING

  159. Charles K. says:

    If there were no ducks or geese at this pond, there would be no problem. No mess to worry about. I bet those ducks would taste pretty good too. A food bank would be happy to hand out a Christmas goose or duck to the needy. This is an odd story that needs a creative solution and throwing Granny into the clink is not all that creative.

  160. John says:

    What is the flap about, you have to be som sort of quack to prosecute this.

  161. Buckeye says:

    She truly has run a”fowl” of the law!

    1. Paul says:

      Yes, she has. She really ducked up.

  162. Peter says:

    Enough already! Put her little butt in jail! ITs not like she wasn’t given enough warning and chances. IF she wants to feed animals do it in her own backyard! ITs not like the city is making it a crime to feed any animal at any time! It does’t matter how it looks! 80 years old isn’t an excuse. JAIL NOW!

  163. Farmer Bob says:

    Make like the mafia. For every day the old lady feeds the ducks, let her wake up the next morning with a duck’s head on the pillow next to her.

  164. koczani says:

    Simple solution: Kill the ducks and geese, dress them and cook them for the poor and homeless on Christmas
    eve. Since there is no more wildlife, she doesn’t have to feed them, and some deserving people get fed instead. She could then donate the shopping carts full of food to the homeless shelters. People are feed, polution is decreases, and the incentive for criminal behavior is removed. Except for the ducks and geeses, this is a win – win proposition.

  165. Pouteria says:

    I get it. If she stops feeding the ducks, they won’t poop again.

    1. Paul says:

      Well, it depends what she feeds them. When I was in the military those MREs worked that way.

  166. HeyHey says:

    Respect Authority you unruly Americans

    1. Greg says:

      That’s what King George said, lol.

  167. oklahomabound says:

    This story can be applied on a human level as well. We see the same senario play-out with our unConstitutional welfare system. We supply a bunch of lazy, dependent leaches with subsidized housing, food stamps, money and other services at the expense of the productive and all we get out of it is an increase of such losers which is passed on to their following generations. Stop subsidizing the ducks and stop subsidizing liberal moochers and criminals.

    1. Greg says:

      I agree. If they’re God’s ducks, he can feed them. Thay have beaks and feet, they know how to use them. They just don’t becasue they don’t have to.

  168. Farmer Bob says:

    I’m moving to Mexico. The duck feeding in the states is just making life unbearable. It’s only going to get worse as the baby-boomers age.

  169. Joe says:

    We need to get the TSA involved. Strip & cavity search required.

  170. Paul says:

    Duck feeding, duck crap – that is not the problem. The problem is that the duck crap is in direct competition with the big city government here. You see, the big city government cannot handle the competition and they are determined to be the primary producer of all crap.

  171. tom m says:

    We have a guy in our apartment building that gets up before dawn to feed birds so we are woken up every morning at first light by dozens of squaking birds. Try that for a couple years and see how you feel. It has been documented that this compulsion to feed animals is a form of mental illness…..

  172. Jeff says:

    Good for the city. I live in a condo complex with lakes and we’ve had problems with outsiders trespassing on our property to feed the geese and ducks. We’ve had to call the police on several people, including 2 who are elderly. Also, feeding wildlife is actually harmful to them (ask any wildlife expert) and causes problems to the human residents as partially outlined in this article. This woman is breaking the law and should be punished for it regardless of her age

  173. HeyHey says:

    Police union needs more money and they need Prisoners in order to get it.

    Pensions, pensions, pensions

  174. geowa says:

    Just tell her that if she doesn’t stop feeding them that they will be butchered and fed to the poor. Then follow up.

  175. IGetItAlready says:

    Astounding.
    Can we have the crazy pigeon lady chasers of Lynn step up and protect our southern border?

  176. Compassionyo says:

    Pepper spray her the next time she does it and threaten to keep doing it. She’ll stop, right?….oh, wait….

  177. Mark Carlton says:

    If she’d only watched Mary Poppins, she’d have known what kind of arguments would ensue. Considering the state’s tax rates, I’m surprised she has tuppence to spend on duck food in the first place.

  178. Mike_88 says:

    She deserves jail. Now to get the old people who feed the pigeons next door.

  179. BP says:

    Her age has nothing to do with it. There are thousands of seniors in jails and prisons. She violated her own agreement for two yrs. Yes, governments waste tons of tax money, but this can develop into a serious public health issue. I live near a park with tons of wild geese that the locals feed, and geese poo has ruined the place. Signs say don’t feed the wildlife, and its not enforced. The city invested millions in this huge park and its literally destroyed after years by geese and the very same public that paid for the park with their own tax money. No sympathy. Stupid should hurt.

    1. Frank says:

      Gee I have never heard of birds pooping in a park how awful. We should shoot all those damn birds. How dare that 80 YEAR OLD LADY feed birds in a park. Oh this is a national disaster . Damn trees are littering all these parks with falling leaves also. Stupid should hurt.

  180. brad says:

    The only filth in this story seems to be whats coming out of the brains of the town of Lynn. Birds are going to flock to water, eat, and poop. If this town tries to jail an 80 year old women, then they are shameful shameful people. Create a job and have someone clean the park.

  181. Bernie Bouck says:

    Put a lien on her house !

  182. Jim Cecula says:

    This old bag is an air head. Send her to Florida and let her feed the alligators or better yet try Arizona and have her feed the Havilenas’.

    Either one will cure her of her stupidity and selfiessness.

    I will even pay the airfare.(but she has to feed them by hand)

    And for all you annal retentives I am a animal lover.

    I have rescued two (2) dogs.

    They looked great stuffed on either side of my doorway entrance.

    1. Frank says:

      This old bag is an airhead????? You a wonderful human being aren’t you.

  183. Brad Skidmore says:

    Why don’t they just designate and area where she can feed them that will not create a poop hazard?

    1. JOLENE says:

      IF SHE HAS BEEN FEEDING THEM FOR 45 YRS Y COMPLAIN ABOUT THE POOP NOW. I’M POSITIVE IT’S NOT 45YRS WORTH OF POOP…HOW FREAKING REDICULOUS BLAME IT ON THE BIRDS AND GET RID OF THEM THEY POOP. OMG

      1. ScottHB says:

        Birds go where the food is. If she brings a shopping cart full of food to the park, then that’s where they will concentrate to eat & poop.

  184. JOLENE says:

    GUESS WHAT? BIRDS WILL POOP !!!! BUTCHER FEEDING THE BIRDS OR NOT FEEDING THE BIRDS. WHO IS TO SAY THERE WOULD BE LESS POOP…I SAY BLAME THE POOP ON ALL THE BIRDS AND LEAVE THE POOR LADY ALONE. IF U DON’T LIKE IT GET RID OF THE BIRDS NOT THE LOVING, CONSIDERATE, COMPASSIONATE 80 YR OLD LADY. THE TOWN OF LYNN IS A JOKE. AND I HAVE TO SAY I AGREE WITH HER…THEY DONT HAVE ANYTHING BETTER TO DO THAN CHASE AN OLD LADY DOWN THE STREET FOR FEEDING THE BIRDS.

  185. Ronbo says:

    If she wants to feed them let her and she can clean up the poop also.

  186. JohnA says:

    Give her a sledge hammer and send her to Leavenworth. If she doesn’t serve her time for making the ducks poop, next you know will have people pooping on police cars. We already do it called “Occupy” I got your Occupy right here. Occupy this.

  187. ScottHB says:

    “The animals in the park do not belong to the city of Lynn — they belong to God,”.
    If true then put God in jail for allowing his pets to poop all over the park. Probably find a few “crimes against humanity” charges to throw on top of it.

  188. Barry Levy says:

    amazing, more action taken quicker to solve this problem then most cities spent to remove OWS protesters that were also violating laws, flaunting rules and laws and actually harming the community, polluting the area and creating huge costs.

    But that is the fairy land that we now live in with the PC police gone amok, and liberals thinking that they are so smart, while really they are a bunch of useless idiots, all sound and fury signifying NOTHING>

  189. agcw says:

    Yes, throw her in jail for something ridiculous. Meanwhile, John Corzine walks after stealing Millions if not Billions of investor money at MFGlobal. That is what I call justice, or JUST US! Americans LOVE being suckered.

    1. Shawna Howard says:

      1.2 Billion…and all he simply said was he doesn’t know where the money went..

  190. wodeded says:

    Lock her up and throw away the key – Donald

  191. S. WATSON says:

    1 week in jail would have made the point. This was not a balanced sentence!

  192. Shawna Howard says:

    Can’t wait to see if the park magically becomes cleaner once they put this 80 year old women in jail…She probably only has that to look forward to doing everyday–now that that’s out of the way..let’s lock up some REAL criminals!

  193. Jay says:

    So it’s OK for derelicts to foul up parks and for gangs to take control of them which most cities ignore for fear that the ACLU will go after them for civil rights violations. Just goes to show how out of balance our civilization has become.

    1. Frank says:

      True that. Look at all the Occupy criminals costing the tax payers millions and this town wants to put an 80 year old lady in jail for feeding ducks. Unbelievable how far Amerika has come. I guess this is the hope and change Obummer was talking about.

  194. Corby says:

    Here’s a punishment: Have the ducks “bite the hand that feeds them” then make the elderly woman eat all the ducks she’s fed. Come on… is this a joke! Why are Lynn officials wasting vital resources on tormenting a senior citizen while real criminals walk their streets. It must not be an election year. If it is… they lost the senior’s vote. Leave the woman alone!

  195. Al says:

    i think the city of Lynn shouldn’t let her feed the ducks its unhealthy and not natural. i also think Lynn shoul give Ms. Butcher a helpful job like help feed animals in a zoo.

  196. swimmininit@whitehopuse.com says:

    LOL. YOu’re worried about some bird poop yet you coddle the OWS crowd?????

  197. GD says:

    Wild animals do not need to be fed. Bird crap is a health hazard. Put this idiot in jail and force feed her stale bread. Dumb old hag.

  198. Ryan Mouk says:

    A special message to the joke of a person prosecuting this case. Your a moron, plain and simple. You are a waste on that county and have no right to be in any position of power of citizens. She fed the birds, she didn’t molest children at the local airport or make some grandmother strip to search for bombs. She did not threaten anyone or brandish a gun with the intent to do harm, she feed a bird. You are nothing but a moronic waste of life and I hope that your days are filled with nothing but misery and pain. I spit on you.

  199. caligula says:

    Just turn her into Soylent Green and be done with it.

  200. RS says:

    Release the woman, shoot the ducks if they are health menace.

  201. Bob says:

    Maybe she shoudl run for Mayor or city council

  202. speasy says:

    How’s about limiting her to one bag of bread once a week as opposed to her shopping cart loads and trying to ban her altogether?

  203. Maggie says:

    People need to give and receive love, especially the elderly and her ducks provide this for her. How about she can feed her ducks as long as she cleans up after them?

  204. Ryan says:

    She’s 80 years old. I think she secretly wants to be sent to prison. Check off the “Get arrested and sent to jail” item on her bucket list.

  205. Anon says:

    Many of the same people condemning this were no doubt cheering the UC Davis police pepper spraying some college kids just sitting on a sidewalk.

  206. Lisa says:

    She is only eighty years old. I would be glad to help clean up the mess. Why not feed the birds they do not waste food for your information they eat it all up. Go and pick on a rapist or people shooting each other leave her alone. She loves wild life. The creatures do belong to God.

  207. Cameron McCarter says:

    Obviously this economy has gotten bad enough to where they have to charge people for the little things.. seriously.. charging her for feeding ducks.. that has to be the most idiotic thing i’ve ever heard..it would be easier to just take a hose and spray down the bird poop rather than charging this lady for FEEDING THE DUCKS!!! geez i’ve lost all hope in this country

  208. Ryan Morales says:

    Do you believe that Syria spying on dissidents?

  209. Tamara says:

    This is so stupid…..a typical city council action…let forget about the murderers & rapists, and put all our time into getting this little lady in jail for feeding the ducks!? Get you priorities right you idiots. Leave this little lady alone, because I am sure that is you don’t you will be VERY surprised with the amount of people who will stand behind her in support..

  210. Bill and Diana says:

    Given the fact, that she has been feeding these birds for so many years. The court should grandfather her rights to continue to feed the birds as long as she lives. The property owners should of known the birds were there prior to them purchasing. Kinda like someone building a house next to or close to a farm, you can,t expect the animals to not smell. Or if you buy a house by an airport you need to know your going to hear the planes. Those people that are now making the complaints , should sell there new homes to people who enjoy that kind of thing. I would suggest they move to California with the rest of the people that complain about the small stuff that takes our Liberities away.

  211. terry wagar says:

    Feed the ducks and shoot the fascist cops that try to interfere with people exorcizing their liberty’s in a public park of which belongs to everyone one not just the nearby neighbors!

    What next? are they going to use a No Trespass Order for public sidewalks? then by law you would be breaking their law simply by walking out the damn door!

    We didn’t fight world war 2 for nothing you know we were fighting fascist’s that wrote laws to allow them to terrorize innocent people and to justify their murder!

    Just because some douche bags write something down and label it law does not necessarily make it a valid law!

  212. Terry Wagar says:

    Sorry Lynn officials I cannot hear your No Trespass Order, your fascism is too loud!

  213. Lauren says:

    First of all, those ducks are domesticated and were probably abandoned there by some uncaring individuals. If people do not feed those ducks in the winter, they will most likely die. It’s not right that they are not being fed as they CANNOT fly away as wild ducks are able to. They are STUCK there, dependent on people to feed them. This woman should be given an award for sustaining their lives. This town is pathetic. THey are GOD’s creatures and deserve to live. Why doesn’t the town remove the domesticated birds and find a farm for them to live on if it bothers them so much. They should be ashamed of themselves trying to throw an old lady in jail for feeding God’s creatures.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Boston

WheelMobile
Download Our App

Listen Live