Mississippi Man Under Fire for Fixing Potholes Using City's Supplies
15 July 2013 - Autoblog
Potholes, also known as the bane of every motorist's existence, are a huge problem in many cities. One resident in Jackson, Mississippi got fed up with the constant bumps and craters in his city's roads, and took matters into his own hands.
The self-proclaimed Pothole Patchman, the secret identity of one Ron Chane, appropriated city asphalt to repair 100 of the city's potholes over the course of five evenings.
Naturally, the government isn't pleased with this, but only because Chane took the city's asphalt without "going through the proper legal channels," Mayor Chokwe Lumumba said in a press release. As Chane sees it, he's putting the asphalt "back where it belongs."
Asked by The Clarion-Ledger about the Pothole Patchman, many residents saluted an average citizen taking municipal matters into his own hands. After each repair, Chane tagged the potholes as "Citizen Fixed." But because he's taking city resources without permission, the Patchman recognizes the trouble he could be in saying, "Some people say I could be arrested." Here's hoping cooler heads prevail...