In 2017, a man in Texas purchased a working Sherman tank and parked it outside his house. After sending a “sternly worded letter” and realizing that they couldn’t tow the vehicle, the local HOA began issuing parking tickets on the tank. The owner left it there for two more weeks out of spite.

The Complete Story of the River Oaks Tank

The tactical withdrawal of Tony Buzbee’s World War II-era Sherman M4A4 tank earlier this month brought the month-long Battle of River Oaks Boulevard to a close.

After Buzbee—a trial lawyer, Marine veteran, and proud Aggie alum (and current A&M regent)—parked the fully operational tank on the street in front of his home on Houston’s swankiest residential thoroughfare last month, the unlikely sight brought joy to hundreds of gawkers. History buffs and children thrilled at the sight of “Cheyenne,” the tank’s name as painted on the side by its previous owner, often stopping their cars to get out and pose for pictures.

And why not? In its newly-restored period authenticity, Cheyenne looked every bit the exemplar of General George S. Patt… Continue Reading (12 minute read)

10 thoughts on “In 2017, a man in Texas purchased a working Sherman tank and parked it outside his house. After sending a “sternly worded letter” and realizing that they couldn’t tow the vehicle, the local HOA began issuing parking tickets on the tank. The owner left it there for two more weeks out of spite.”

  1. Gileyboy

    It rather reminds me of this: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandela\_Way\_T-34\_Tank](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandela_Way_T-34_Tank) (I pass it on my way to work each day).

    From the entry: *He had previously failed to secure* [*planning permission*](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planning_permission_in_the_United_Kingdom) *from* [*Southwark Council*](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwark_Council) *to redevelop a vacant plot of land that he owned; and so, in an act of humorous protest, he placed the tank on the site, with its gun turret turned towards the council offices. He had previously allegedly obtained permission for the installation of a “tank” there, assumed by council officials to mean a* [*septic tank*](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Septic_tank)

  2. Sam-Gunn

    “Ok, lets look at this rationally. **I** have a tank. **You** have a Kia. Now, why don’t you stop issuing me tickets. Oh, and I’m annexing the part of your yard that borders mine.”

  3. Raving_Lunatic69

    To be clear, as the title might mislead some folks, “working tank” means it ran and could be driven. The weapons systems isn’t operable.

  4. inked_idiot_boy

    The fact that America is the ‘land of the free’ yet you can’t decorate your house how you want or park your own vehicles outside your house in certain places boggles my mind

  5. muhammadjafari

    Oh god, Tony Buzbee… not only that, he was one of the two candidates for mayor in the last Houston elections, and is a huge Trumpista. Clearly he lost as Houston is a hugely liberal area.

    He also was involved in a domestic dispute where an escort refused to leave his home and tore up a bunch of priceless paintings, including a Picasso, all of which led to his divorce. A friend who works for an art handling company had to make runs multiple times in the dead of night to move art (assets) around to different homes.

    Tony Buzbee is a serious piece of shit. Also he once called me a loser because he was promoting a tv show where he visited restaurants and I mentioned how hes notorious in the restaurant industry for being an asshole and for not tipping. Class act, this one.

  6. burks21

    If I was given a house in a HOA, I wouldn’t take it. Not having someone tell me what I can do with my cars, color of my house, the exact length my lawn needs to be, etc. Fuck them

  7. Lusiric

    I have literally walked away from my dream more than once over HOAs. All I want is a piece of land to do what I want on (homestead with a small farm). I don’t need some Karen walking around measuring my damn grass……

  8. TheHoodedSomalian

    Whether the HOA is good or bad, they all cost you money to exist in one. I try to keep my “I exist” expenses to a minimum.

  9. MrGruntsworthy

    Fun fact; IIRC tanks are road-legal as long as you have rubberized tracks to protect the asphalt.

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