Wednesday, August 06, 2008

City: 81 yr old Handyman can't offer free repairs

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Jon Tennett loves to tinker in his garage. It's not an uncommon pastime for an 81-year-old man, but what is unusual is the city's response.

Because Tennett fixes his neighbours' lawn mowers and other small machines, the City of Pickering has charged him with operating an illegal business - even though he's never charged a penny for his work.

"They could get a lot of revenue elsewhere than looking at an old 81-year-old man trying to keep his mind busy," he points out.

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Tennett's case is currently before the courts and if he loses, he could be fined up to $25,000.

He's already refusing to pay.

"They ain't getting it," he fumes. "I'll do jail time."

He may not have to, if the public outcry is enough to change the minds at City Hall.