The Enemy Within - Backyard Clothesline

  • Aired:  05/05/10
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Neighbors fine Susan Taylor for violating subdivision rules, but nothing will stop her from drying her clothes outside. (5:38)

NATION...

[LAUGHTER]

WE'LL CHECK THE TAPE LATER, SEE IF I DID THAT RIGHT.

NATION, IF THE ATTEMPTED TIMES SQUARE BOMBING HAS TAUGHT US ANYTHING, IT'S THAT THREATS ARE EVERYWHERE.

THAT'S WHY NOW EVERY TIME I WALK BY PARKED S.U.V., I CALL THE COPS.

[LAUGHTER]

WELL, TONIGHT I PROFILE A NEW THREAT THAT TAKES US TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST WHERE THE

AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE IS LITERALLY ON THE LINE.

I WONDER WHAT I MEAN BY THAT.

LET'S FIND OUT.

JIM?

BEND, OREGON, THE PERFECT PLACE TO LIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM.

LOCAL REALTOR TERRY BLACKWELL.

>> BEND IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO LIVE, GREAT CLIMATE, A GOOD PLACE TO RAISE FAMILY.

>> Stephen: OR IT WAS, UNTIL THIS WOMAN MOVED, IN SUSAN TAYLOR, NURSE, HOMEMAKER AND THE

ENEMY WITHIN.

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[LAUGHTER]

FOR THREE YEARS SUSANTY -- SUSAN TAYLOR'S NEIGHBORS HAVE BEEN VICTIMS OF HER QUESTIONABLE LIFESTYLE.

>> PEOPLE ARE SAYING THE ACTIVITY SHE'S INVOLVED IN ARE WHAT THEY'RE AGAINST.

>> I THINK IT DEVALUES OUR PROPERTY.

>> IT MAKES NO SENSE TO ME THAT ANYONE WOULD FIND OFFENSE WITH WHAT I'M DOING.

>> Stephen: UNTIL YOU FIND OUT WHAT SHE'S BEEN DOING.

RIGHT IN HER BECOME YARD.

DRYING HER CLOTHES, NOT IN A DRIER.

>> YOU GOT THE BEST DRIER RIGHT OUT HERE.

IT'S CALLED THE SUN AND THE WIND.

>> Stephen: IT'S ALSO CALLED "A VIOLATION," BECAUSE SUSAN

LIVES IN A SUBDIVISION WHERE THERE ARE RULES.

>> EVERYONE, WHEN THEY MOVE IN HERE, SIGNS A DOCUMENT AND AGREES TO SEVERAL STIPULATIONS.

AND ONE OF THOSE THINGS CLEARLY STATES THAT WE WILL NOT HAVE AN OUTDOOR CLOTHESLINE.

>> WHEN YOU CHOOSE WHERE YOU WANT TO LIVE, YOU CAN PICK ONE WHERE THE OTHER PEOPLE HAVE THE

SAME VALUES.

>> Stephen: BUT SUSAN TAYLOR HAS NO VALUES.

JUST LISTEN TO HER RECOUNT THE SORDID DETAILS OF THE DAY SHE LOST HER CLOTHESLINE VIRGINITY.

>> I FELT LIKE, OH, GOD, THIS IS WRONG, THIS IS THE WRONG THING TO BE DOING.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I WAS JUST DRIVEN AND THINKING, NOTHING COULD EVER BE SO RIGHT, SO

RIGHT, SO RIGHT.

>> Stephen: PRETTY SOON SHE WAS DOING IT EVERY DAY, AND SHE

DIDN'T CARE WHO HAD THE LOOK AT IT.

>> I DON'T THINK ANYBODY SHOULD HAVE TO LOOK AT IT.

>> Stephen: REALTOR TERRY POLAK.

NOW GO IN SLOW NATION.

OH, SHE'S GOOD.

REALTOR TERRY BLACKWELL RECOUNTS THE HORROR.

>> I DON'T THINK IT'S A HORROR THING.

I THINK IT'S JUST AN IRRITATION.

>> Stephen: AN IRRITATION.

>> I BELIEVE THAT MANY PEOPLE WOULD CONSIDER THEM TO BE AN EYESORE.

>> Stephen: SORE EYES.

>> WHAT I AM DOING DOESN'T HURT ANYTHING OR ANYBODY.

>> Stephen: NOT SO SAYS PHILIP SEYMOUR SWEATERVEST.

>> A CLOTHES LINE COULD IN A RARE SITUATION BE A DANGER.

>> Stephen: DANGER.

[LAUGHTER]

NEIGHBORS HAVE TRIED REASONING WITH HER, BUT THERE IS NO TALKING TO A CRAZY WOMAN.

>> I ENJOY HAVING FUN, AND I DO SOME PRETTY CRAZY THINGS, BUT ACTUALLY I AM NOT CRAZY.

I AM ABSOLUTELY... I AM NOT CRAZY.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

THEY EVEN TRIED FINING HER.

>> TO DATE WE HAVE BEEN FINED $994.50.

>> Stephen: BUT NOTHING WILL STOP SUSAN TAYLOR.

>> SO I STOPPED.

>> .

>> Stephen: OH, THAT WAS EASY.

OH, JESUS CHRIST.

SO SHE MET ALEXANDER LEE,

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST AND THE CHARISMATIC LEADER OF THE "RIGHT TO DRY" MOVEMENT.

BRACE YOURSELF FOR HIS SHOCKING REVELATION.

>> UM, UH, LET ME THINK ABOUT THAT.

[DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYS]

YEAH, I BELIEVE PEOPLE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO HANG OUT THEIR CLOATSZ.

>> Stephen: HE AND SUSAN TAYLOR ARE ON A MISSION, AND THEY'RE NOT ALONE.

>> THERE ARE DOZENS OF OTHER PEOPLE LIKE HER ALL OTHER THE COUNTRY WHO ARE AFFECTED BY

SIMILAR RULES.

>> Stephen: DOZENS.

>> HUNDREDS.

>> Stephen: HUNDREDS?

>> THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF THEM.

THERE ARE THOUSANDS OVER PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY.

>> Stephen: THOUSANDS OF SUSAN TAYLORS CREEPING AROUND YOUR BACKYARD, AND THEY'RE NOT

STOPPING AT THE CLOTHESLINE.

NO, THESE TWO RIGHT-TO-DRIERS ARE ON A MISSION TO TAKE AWAY OUR RIGHT TO DRYERS.

>> WE COULD GET RID OF THE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF HOUSEHOLD DRIERS

THAT ARE CONSUMING POWER PLANTS WORTH OF ELECTRICITY, WE'D BE MAKING A HUGE STEP.

>> WHAT ARE WE DOING WITH THESE DRYERS?

>> Stephen: WE ARE LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM, CELEBRATING A LONG TRADITION OF LIVING ELECTRICALLY.

>> MO MORE CLOTHESLINE.

THIS THING GETS CLOTHES DRY QUICKLY.

>> Stephen: A PROUD TRADITION THAT MAY BE LOST TO OUR CHILDREN.

SO, AMERICA, SET YOUR DRIER TO HIGH ALERT, BECAUSE HANGING OUT IN YOUR BACKYARD YOU MAY FIND

THE ENEMY WITHIN.

>> WE DON'T THINK LIKE THAT.||||