A Tennessee man was horrified to receive a letter from his homeowners association last week ordering him to remove a decorative lawn ornament celebrating the undead that he considers a “family member.”
“It said, ‘During a recent inspection of the neighbourhood we noticed that you have a zombie in your front yard that must be removed,’” Jim Grinstead told News Channel 5.
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Grinstead claims the statue named “Clawed” is more than just a piece of home decor.
“I don’t own guns, but I have a zombie, so it’s my own personal choice of a defence system,” he said.
He jokingly suggests the grave monster could provide protection during a zombie apocalypse.
“It may very well save our lives in the biggest crisis that this world could face,” said Grinstead. “Other than global warming.”
According to Grinstead, neighbours have never complained to him about the statue, which is why the notice is so upsetting.
“I don’t have the freedom to pick what I want in my yard, because somebody wants to read the rules so strictly that it can’t allow for individuality,” he said. “That’s a shame.”
Grinstead agreed to remove “Clawed” from his landscaping, but knows he will feel a sense of loss.
“When we come up the driveway at night, we can see him waiting there for us with a smile,” he said. “To know that he is going to have to go is like losing a family member. It’s disturbing.”