Facebook Post On Garages Sales Prompts Responses

There appears to be a lot people in the city of Jamestown looking to host a garage sale.

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist posted a notice on his Facebook page stating that garage and yard sales are still not permitted under Phase One of the New York Forward reopening plan.

“I’ve gotten numerous calls this past week on garage and yard sales. Please note, the state still has not allowed garage/yard sales under Phase 1. I know it’s tempting, but when Jamestown Police Department and I show up at your house this week, it’s not because we want to buy those old baby clothes,” the message stated.

As of Thursday afternoon, around 24 hours after the Facebook post was created, 288 people had commented and 198 had shared the post. Some of the posts include comments about how Americans should still be allowed to host a garage or yard sale. Also, some of the comments stated the Jamestown Police Department should have more important issues to address than people hosting garage or yard sales. Additionally, some of the comments criticize Sundquist for his post.

“I’m glad to see people are engaging in government. I’m glad to see people reacting. They are responding to what is going on,” the mayor said. “I don’t think all the comments have been pertinent or related to garage and yard sales. Some comments are off-topic and are inappropriate, but a lot of people are engaging and asking questions. I appreciate that. The use of social media to spread information is working.”

Sundquist said he created the post because garage and yard sales was a topic the Western New York Regional Control Room had discussed during its latest reopening meeting.

“We’ve received a lot of complaints from people about other people holding garage and yard sales during Phase 1. In an effort to plan their weekend, I wanted to remind the residents that if we receive a complaint we are forced to investigate it,” he said. “We are asking residents to wait another week or two to have a garage or yard sale.”


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