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Home Intruder Orders Woman to Cut Her Grass

But 'intruder' turns out to be overzealous Georgia county employee
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2012 1:32 PM CDT
To be fair, the grass was probably getting pretty tall.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – When it comes to victims of home invasion, you could do a lot worse than Erica Masters. The Georgia woman says she woke up one morning to find a man standing in her bedroom's doorway—to rebuke her for neglecting her lawn. "I didn't have my glasses on … and all I see is this big burly figure standing" there, Masters told ABC 6 after the July 2 incident. "It scared the mess out of me."

The man turned out to be Columbia County code compliance officer Jimmy Vowell. He "yelled at me to wake me up … and sign the violation notice," Masters says. She called 911, but the dispatcher refused to send a squad car after realizing Vowell was a county employee. Vowell was fired yesterday. In a Facebook message to the Columbia County News-Times, he said he'd smelled something strange coming from inside the house, and that the front door swung open when he knocked. (Read more Georgia stories.)

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