‘What are Taxes For?’: Placerville Resident Fed Up with City’s Refusal to Repair Nuisance Potholes Paints ‘Phallic’ Message to Draw Attention to Issue

While many of us have been there before in terms of frustration over local government inaction regarding community issues, the following story takes trolling local officials in an effort to get problems resolved to the next level.

According to Placerville residents, the potholes on Wood Ridge Court are not only a nuisance the city has ignored for a significant amount of time, but they are a road hazard that is destroying vehicles.

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As explained by fed up Placerville resident Lucas Aspenleiter, not only is the city refusing to repair the road, drivers like himself are being forced to pay for the vehicle repairs caused by the potholes as well as tickets received regarding the damage on personal vehicles that were caused by them.

Voicing the belief that Placerville refuses to repair the damaged roadway because the street is in a low-income area, Aspenleiter stated to media he feels he is being penalized ‘for being poor, now I got to fix my car driving on this road, and I don’t have enough money to do all that.’

Via FoxNews

Someone in Placerville is using spray paint, and some phallic symbols, to draw attention to some potholes on Wood Ridge Court.

“The potholes has been here for a long time, but the penis, that was just put there last night,” neighbor Virginia Gabac said.

One spot had the phrase “what are taxes for.”

Resident Geof Peabody said he knows the guy who did it, and said the guy did it out of frustration.

“Watched the kid who lives around here, he got a ticket because his front license plate fell off going through here, so they gave him a ticket for not having a front license plate,” Peabody said.

City of Placerville work crews were in the neighborhood Tuesday to remove the graffiti. The potholes were still there.

The city manager’s office would not comment on the potholes or graffiti.



  • Matthew Nelson

    True story. I live in Placerville and some of our roads are downright third world.

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