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Wildwood Subdivision Threatens Teen with Fines, Police For Parking Truck in Driveway

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Matt Perry
Matt Perry, seventeen, with his "illegal" truck.
Matt Perry, a seventeen-year-old senior at Lafayette High School, worked two jobs to buy his dream car, a 1965 cream-and-green Ford F100.

There's just one problem: He doesn't have anywhere to park it.

Valley View subdivision in Wildwood, where Perry lives with his mother and father, prohibits pickup trucks parked overnight more than four times a year, and his neighbors are making it very clear they won't tolerate rule-breaking.

"I've lived in this house since I was 1," Perry says on the Facebook page he's created for his truck. "It is the only home I know. I guess it is a fight or flight situation. In this case, I choose to fight for my truck and for the next generation of kids, like me, who want their first car to be a truck. The rule is wrong. It needs to change."

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Perry faces a $25-per-day, or $9,000-per-year, fine for parking his truck in his own driveway. One neighbor even threatened to call the police and have it towed, Perry says.

Perry took his cause to the board of trustees, who put the anti-truck law up for a vote. Angry neighbors circulated a letter saying trucks like Perry's would lower property values:

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Courtesy of Matt Perry

Eighty-five people voted to change the law and allow Perry to park his truck in the neighborhood, beating the naysayers by 33 votes. But even that wasn't enough.

"We found out we actually lost the vote even though we won the simple majority," Perry tells Daily RFT. To change the rules, Perry would have needed a super-majority of 130 votes.

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211 comments
Wallace Sara
Wallace Sara

Noone should have the right to tell you what car you should drive. That's just Ludacris. How stuck up and snobby can STL be!!!! Move to Cali STL is a hole! The only people who like it are the rich snobs who love to look down on everyone else. Haha and they wonder why this city is dying lol. Who wants to live and be around people like this;p

molinric
molinric

Have matt put up an $800.00 carport, if that will settle the deal. If not, have someone help gather petitions.

jackshields88
jackshields88

Must be a neighborhood of college professors and community organizers.  

Mark M. Florida
Mark M. Florida

"prohibits pickup trucks parked overnight more than four times a year" Well, that's pretty specific. But... Still makes no damn sense.

Louise Yanuzzi Khalfin
Louise Yanuzzi Khalfin

Why should he have to do that? Maybe he should move to a neighborhood where people are nice to each other and value hard work over pettiness.

Louise Yanuzzi Khalfin
Louise Yanuzzi Khalfin

Poor kid. He seems like a hard working good kid. That's what happens when you live in the county. Aesthetics over substance.

Chris Watson
Chris Watson

I thought we were a nation based on freedom!!??

Chris Goodwin
Chris Goodwin

this is how we treat the good kids? I see the importance of limiting commercial trucks but personal pickups in good shape should be exempt. thiis is indicative of the "black and white" vision of some in our society today. Life is rarely so simple and requires us to think and make wise decisions in shades of gray. I find it sad that a good student who worked hard to buy a quality used truck is rewarded with this kind of treatment. People want to complain about today's youth but maybe we should be looking more closely at today's adults who find property values so very important.

Chris Diedrick
Chris Diedrick

Good read, seems like a great kid, the rules should change. Vehicle is not a clunker and he is not being a nuisance say with noise etc.

John Bernier
John Bernier

I am torn,,, I believe people should be able to have their hobbies but my parents have 2 neighbors both with 4 cars each and they park their everyday cars in the street and in front of their house so when people visit them they have to park 4 to 5 houses away. Now if he really wants to get back at his neighbors he should buy a shitty 1972 Chevy Vega and drive that car to and from a place he can legally park his car.

TripleRPhotography
TripleRPhotography

Really? He lives in Wildwood and doesn't have a garage? Must be that his mom and dad have their BMW and Mercedes in it...

Ellen Bond
Ellen Bond

These neighbors hay WAY too much time on thier hands!!!!

Rich Grogoza
Rich Grogoza

You know Chris, sometimes people just plain SUCK!!!

Rich Grogoza
Rich Grogoza

An example of people out of control!!! It's a shame common sense is something of the past with many people! Noting but power hungry bullies!

Kelly Brand-Skewes
Kelly Brand-Skewes

His truck most likely looks classier than most other cars on the block

Yippee Skippee
Yippee Skippee

Well maybe he should have researched the laws before he purchased it? Maybe he needs to grow up and his parents step up to the plate and tell him how to freaking act. Respect the Neighborhood, respect the neighbors, respect the Law kid. You need some cheese with that whine?

Tony Mason
Tony Mason

f the property value! how is that more important than a young well educated kid's transportation to earn a living?

Andy Monaco
Andy Monaco

Wildwood . aspiring to be lake st. Louis for 50 years and counting... they never Shoulda gave you hicks money . If lake st Louis and troy mo fucked and had a baby. And that baby grew up and fucked St Charles and had a baby you would have wildwood. Chesterfield is what was left over.

Shane Feltes
Shane Feltes

Absolutely ridiculous. Now if his truck were on blocks in the driveway, I'd be concerned.

Brian Wittling
Brian Wittling

He could get Historic Vehicle plates, but then you're only allowed to drive to & from shows and club events, and only 1,000 per year for "Personal use"

Mark Winchester
Mark Winchester

Oooo! Get an El Camino!!!!! Is it a car? Is it a truck? No one knows. Bam.

Rick Vandeven
Rick Vandeven

Crap like this is why I will never live in a subdivision.

Elizabeth Jaggie
Elizabeth Jaggie

People are just becoming more and more ridiculous! That is a cool truck and he is obviously proud of it and worked hard to get it. If it were a car instead, but rusty with duct tape holding the windows up and leaking oil all over the place would THAT be better???? What is the problem with a truck? I'm sure there are plenty of SUVs in the neighborhood - what's the difference?

Joe Haggard
Joe Haggard

This stuff is why I refuse to live in St. Louis or any of the counties that border it.

Joe Haggard
Joe Haggard

To the kids neighborhood: Your silly rules like this is why city folks ran up the price of land where I grew up in when they'd had enough of this insanity and moved to the country.

Debra Schenk-Stout
Debra Schenk-Stout

I think it's a stupid rule it's my driveway I'd park whatever vehicle I had there

Derek Qualls
Derek Qualls

Nice truck easy to work on to bad the 33 people that voted no forgot what it was like when they got their first vehicle I guess they are to busy with their noses stuck up in the air thinking they are better than anyone else and sticking to the rules please you pieces of shit shame on you

Robert L Massie Sr
Robert L Massie Sr

Betcha half the asshats who don't like the truck drive SUVs or minivans. Maybe one of them has a Dodge Magnum. Guess what? ALL of those are classified as LIGHT TRUCKS. In IL or MO they can be and are often licensed as trucks. Anybody going so far as to check registration on two identical vehicles? Screw this and every other meddling HOA.

Stephen Proctor
Stephen Proctor

Hey Kid! Ask dad to park his BMW in the driveway and you use the garage. Problem solved.

Mindi Elizabeth
Mindi Elizabeth

Ha ha I was just trolling. I don't give a crap about where this kid parks his truck or about this story. Dont get your panties in a wod. ;)

Aaron Smithers
Aaron Smithers

I'm with Mark who posted earlier. Find the biggest piece of crap car and park it in front of the most annoying neighbor. The fact that the kid has two jobs and is willing to work for what he wants is great.

Jim Mccarthy
Jim Mccarthy

Would this quallify for "antique status" , wrong wording , but you know what I mean?

Tim Vogt
Tim Vogt

I grew up in one of thise subdivisions. The builder puts the restrictions in the bylaws. The neighborhood can change the bylaws if the want.

Sarah Hall
Sarah Hall

Well when this self sufficient and hardworking young man grows up and looks around for a place to live that's worth a s*** he won't settle in his old neighborhood he'll go to bring the property values up in a different part of the city. This kind of lessons are b******* to teach kids when they actually are working hard and being good kids. Damned if he does or if he doesn't. Shitty. I have a really ugly loud car he could borrow for a month.

DeLynn Singer
DeLynn Singer

The subdivision rule makers need to get over themselves! They're no better than anyone else.

Eric Lowdownderty Shame
Eric Lowdownderty Shame

Mindi Lovelady no one should be forced on how they should park their truck. He kept it running condition. Its not like it is sitting there junked and immobilized.

caitlin_buelt
caitlin_buelt

Interesting. I would love to hear more of your thoughts on that idea.

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