Ore. city shuts down cancer patient's garage sales

AP News
Posted: Aug 18, 2011 3:23 PM
Ore. city shuts down cancer patient's garage sales

The city of Salem, Ore., is shutting down the backyard garage sales a woman has been using to help pay her bills for terminal bone marrow cancer.

KATU-TV reports ( http://bit.ly/pmepCQ) Jan Cline lost her job and was looking for extra income after her cancer diagnosis. Her illness causes holes in her bones that leave them vulnerable to fractures.

Cline says the garage sales were bringing in several hundred dollars each weekend until a neighbor complained and the city sent a shutdown order.

City officials say rules intended to prevent permanent flea-market-type sales on residential properties limit residents to three yard sales per year.

Cline says she understands the city's intent, but she made an effort to hold the sales in the backyard so they're not a nuisance.


Information from: KATU-TV, http://www.katu.com/