Mitch Fisher received a ticket on Jan. 3 for more than $200 because he plowed snow for his neighbors, at no charge, with his ATV in Pocatello, Idaho (video below).
"I do this every time it snows," Fisher told KIFI. "I take care of the neighbors. They're all elderly and I like to help them out."
For his good deed, Fisher was ticketed for placing or depositing material on a public right of way.
"I tried to talk [the officer] out of it and tell him what I was doing, that I was trying to get it out of the street because we haven't been plowed since the beginning of snow season," Fisher told the news station. "Of course, he was doing his job, and just wrote me the citation and went on his way."
The city code says: "It is unlawful for any person to deposit, place or allow to remain in or upon any public right of way any material or substance injurious to persons or property."
It seems that in Fisher's case, "public right of way" meant the street, but Fisher insisted that he was moving the snow next to his curb.
"Because I didn't want it in front of [my neighbors'] houses because they can't park," Fisher explained. "I don't care if it's in front of mine, I have a driveway and two cars, I'm fine."
Fisher plans to fight the ticket, and keep plowing snow for the folks in his neighborhood.
"I'll keep doing what I'm doing," Fisher laughed. "I don't care about the city."
Carol Wardrip, one of Fisher's elderly neighbors, told the Idaho State Journal: "He moved no snow from the sidewalk or the driveway into the street. He only moved street snow to one side so that we could exit our driveways. I don’t know what I’d do without him."
Fisher tried to enter a plea, but said the town wouldn't let him:
I tried to go down and plead today but they wouldn’t let me because they said they can’t figure out if it’s a misdemeanor or an infraction. The $200 ticket I could care less about. … I don’t care if they want to go to a jury trial and spend all that money. I’ll spend it for them. It’s silly.