Danbury is starting to accumulate furniture on its sidewalks and lawns with the inviting sign, "Free," on it.
"People have got to know common sense says you can't put a couch out on a lawn overnight in Connecticut," said Rich Antous, Downtown Unit Coordinator for the city of Danbury. "You've got dew, mildew and critters."
Antous and Unit Executive Director Shawn Stillman have been knocking on doors, leaving notices and warning people against this habit. They've warned people on Mountainview Road, Davis Street, Town Hill Avenue and others.
"If they would think about it for a few minutes, they would realize they can give it to Housatonic Habitat for Humanity, to Good Will, to the Salvation Army," Antous said. "Leaving it out on the sidewalk is not the best idea for the city."
Stillman said the UNIT is going to a zero tolerance policy, and it will start issuing $100 per day fines for the stuff left on lawns or on the sidewalk. The Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team is a group of city workers who fight blight in Danbury. The state fine for littering is $216, apparently making Danbury littering a bargain.