Augusta man's toilet protest expands

12:56 PM, Dec 27, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A toilet protest by an Augusta man angered by the city's decision to flush a proposed Dunkin' Donuts shop in his neighborhood is growing.

David Labbe, a plumber, put five commodes in his yard in October when the city's planning board, backed by his neighbors, rejected a zoning change that would have allowed the Dunkin' Donuts plan to go forward.

The developers were prepared to offer Labbe three-times what he paid for his home so they could tear it down and build the coffee shop.

The Kennebec Journal reports that Labbe's protest has now grown to 28 snow-covered toilets. He says he thinks he can fit 100 toilets in his yard.

His neighbors call his protest childish.

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