Neighborhood Watch — Avocado Unit

avocadotheft1.jpg I saw this sign in my neighborhood recently and it surprised me. I know avocados had gotten pricey in the last few years, but yowza, I guess people gotta have their guac!

6 Replies to “Neighborhood Watch — Avocado Unit”

  1. FYI, Cal. Penal code section 487.1 is related to grand theft – so, this doesn’t apply to taking the occasional single avocado…

    http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=pen&group=00001-01000&file=484-502.9

    Grand theft is theft committed in any of the following cases:
    (a) When the money, labor, or real or personal property taken is
    of a value exceeding four hundred dollars ($400), except as provided
    in subdivision (b).
    (b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), grand theft is committed in
    any of the following cases:
    (1) (A) When domestic fowls, avocados, olives, citrus or deciduous
    fruits, other fruits, vegetables, nuts, artichokes, or other farm
    crops are taken of a value exceeding one hundred dollars ($100).
    (B) For the purposes of establishing that the value of avocados or
    citrus fruit under this paragraph exceeds one hundred dollars
    ($100), that value may be shown by the presentation of credible
    evidence which establishes that on the day of the theft avocados or
    citrus fruit of the same variety and weight exceeded one hundred
    dollars ($100) in wholesale value.

  2. I recall a post from . . . I think it was Will Campbell . . . a year or so ago about laws governing fruit trees in Los Angeles.

    If I remember correctly, fruit that’s hanging over public areas, like sidewalks, can be taken by anyone who passes by without drawing down the mighty hammer of justice.

    Does anyone else remember that?

  3. I have a coupla hundred grapefruit to add to the mix. The orange tree is just now starting to do the fruit thing. Check back in a few years.

    Lemons…have hundreds but I won’t be sharing much of those. Limoncello anyone? Did one batch a couple of weeks ago and am gearing up for another batch.

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