Stinky Chicken Manure Costs Golf Club Owner $100K

Neighbors claim it was payback
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 29, 2015 8:28 PM CDT
Stinky Chicken Manure Costs Golf Club Owner $100K

Last year, the owner of a Southern California golf club allegedly created a month-long stench in his Escondido neighborhood by spreading five tons of raw chicken manure over the closed golf course. Now, following dozens of complaints from neighbors, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports Michael Schlesinger has agreed to pay $100,000 to air pollution regulators—as long as he doesn't have to admit he did anything wrong. Neighbors claim the stinky chicken manure was purposefully deployed to annoy them after they fought Schlesinger's plans to build hundreds of homes on his property. Schlesinger denies that, saying the manure was simply a soil enhancer for the Escondido Country Club's landscaping. (More golf course stories.)

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