812. Fences Make Bad Neighbors


812. A woman in a suit rang the bell. Brian opened his door. The woman asked, "Sir, are you Brian Simon?" He nodded. She said, "Correct me if I'm wrong. You own this Brooklyn brownstone. You signed an online petition demanding that all fences be torn down on U.S. borders. The petition declared that fences are unneighborly and useless." Brian nodded again. She said, "Sir, tomorrow morning a city crew will remove this iron fence that fronts your brownstone." Brian snorted, saying, "They can't do that! This is my property!" She continued, "Sir, you're an American citizen. The entire United States is your property. If you favor no fences for your big home, it stands to reason that you think likewise for your little home." Brian stammered, "But, but, they're different!" She said, "You can't have it both ways, sir. Here's a $50 check for the value of the scrap metal." 4.6

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