Feud prompts controversial yard sign
Police officers and even a city councilman are now involved in a dispute between two Farmers Branch neighbors.
It all began over barking dogs, but has now escalated to security cameras and calls to police.
Now, one family has put a sign in their yard saying “House for sale by owner because my neighbor’s a douchebag.”
The sign is on Pebble Beach Drive in Farmers Branch.
Police were called, and officers paid the homeowners a visit on Sunday and a city councilman on Wednesday night to convince the family to take it down.
It didn't work.
“I mean, we were just hoping that the sign would maybe make him realize that he's pushed us too far, and back off on us,” said Lisa Price, the homeowner who put up the sign. “We didn't know what else to do.”
There's a sign in the front and one in the back yard facing Brookhaven Country Club.
FOX 4 saw golfers taking a break between swings to take pictures, turning the house into a small tourist attraction.
“I don’t know, I think it’s very poor judgment,” said one of the golfers. “Very poor taste.”
The feud began about six months ago when a renter moved in next door.
The Prices say he complained constantly about their dogs barking before 9 a.m.
The Prices say they tried to accommodate.
“We got a doggie door, we keep them in, we bring them at dark,” said Lisa Price.
They say they thought they'd worked everything out until they discovered cameras facing their backyard, where their daughter sunbathes.
One points toward their back bedroom.
“We put [a board] up to keep him from being able to see,” said Lisa Price.
Then, the final straw came.
“All of a sudden, out of the blue, this ticket comes in the mail,” said Lisa Price.
It was a $120 citation for barking dogs. That's when the sign went up.
“We don’t know what else to do,” said Lisa Price. “We obviously have had to be pushed pretty far to go to this extreme. We just thought maybe if we did that, that he'd catch on and leave us alone. All we wanna do is be left alone.”
There is no homeowners association for the neighborhood.
“It’s my First Amendment right to say whatever I want to, and I’m sorry if it's offensive to someone, but we didn't put a curse word on it,” said Lisa Price.