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Re: If there is only land, no homes etc would you stop


@151949 wrote:

@garmer wrote:

@missy1 wrote:

I think OP is talking about BLM  (open land)  and places like that.


 

There are also state game lands and national forests. The state also owns the property right alongside state roads.

 

There are many instances where picking a flower along the road would not be trespassing on private property.

 

I like to gather pine cones and collect spring water alongside the (rural) roads.

 

In my area, private property is usually posted if the owner doesn't want people using it.


 

Why do you think that flowers/plants in state or federal parks are yours to pick? They belong to everyone, not to you.As for unposted land - that does not mean no one owns it. Why can't people just keep their hands off what is not their's ?


 

 

 

@151949

 

 

 

 

 

Because they feel entitled to the flowers, and that the laws against picking does not apply to them.

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Re: If there is only land, no homes etc would you stop


@Plaid Pants2 wrote:

@Mominohio wrote:

Living in the country I would highly recommend people don't do this. 

 

Some places, country folks are kind, generous and giving. Other places, they are very isolated, territorial and suspicious. Unless you know for sure which kind of people's land you are trespassing on, I'd stop at the florist or plant your own flowers.

 

Someone owns that land you are on, and may or may not welcome you there. And they have every right to not welcome you, even on the fringes of it. 

 

People don't realize the drug operations that are in rural areas, and might you be trespassing on that? Could be deadly. People don't realize that 'moonshiners' still exist and will put some lead in your backside for snooping around. And then there are just plain old folks that pay a lot of money (and taxes) for land and want their privacy and to not be liable for people getting hurt on their property, so will not be happy for you picking their flowers or weeds or anything else. 

 

I was raised to not be places that I don't belong, and I don't belong on private property of those I don't know or those I haven't gotten permission from to be there. It is rude at least and dangerous at best.


 

 

 

 

@Mominohio

 

 

 

 

Where I live, it's the marijuana growers that are deadly protective of the property that they grow on.

 

 

They protect it with hidden trip wires that can result in an unsuspecting person being dead.

 

 

You just don't go traipsing around in unfamiliar territory.

 

 

It could cost you your life.


 

@Plaid Pants2

 

Exactly!

 

I think people who have spent most of their lives in big cities or suburbs have no idea about the drug growing/manufacturing that goes on in the rural areas. They have no idea of the territorial issues that rural people are really adamant about. They just assume that 'the country' has happy, friendly, and welcoming people only. Not true! It can be just as dangerous as the inner city, especially if you don't know where you are or who's land you are on.

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Re: If there is only land, no homes etc would you stop


@missy1 wrote:

I think OP is talking about BLM  (open land)  and places like that.


According to the OP's post #10, she had no idea who the property may have belonged to.

 

I'm of the mindset that when in doubt, stay out. But that's just me.

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Re: If there is only land, no homes etc would you stop


@Plaid Pants2 wrote:

@151949 wrote:

@garmer wrote:

@missy1 wrote:

I think OP is talking about BLM  (open land)  and places like that.


 

There are also state game lands and national forests. The state also owns the property right alongside state roads.

 

There are many instances where picking a flower along the road would not be trespassing on private property.

 

I like to gather pine cones and collect spring water alongside the (rural) roads.

 

In my area, private property is usually posted if the owner doesn't want people using it.


 

Why do you think that flowers/plants in state or federal parks are yours to pick? They belong to everyone, not to you.As for unposted land - that does not mean no one owns it. Why can't people just keep their hands off what is not their's ?


 

 

 

@151949

 

 

 

 

 

Because they feel entitled to the flowers, and that the laws against picking does not apply to them.


 

 

Picking a flower doesn't always violate a law. In cases where it does, don't do it. Easy.

 

#lady, state game lands & national forrests doesn't mean parks. It is illegal to pick any flowers in some states' parks. Not what I'm talking about.

Y'all're getting to far in the weeds for me. Later gators.

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Re: If there is only land, no homes etc would you stop


@Big Sister wrote:

@DowntonAbbey   Yes, I would stop.  It sounds like the flowers are wild and not "planted" by someone of their property.  Even it they were planted, I think they would be okay with your picking a flower.


You would pick someone's planted flowers?? Seriously? That is stealing.

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Re: If there is only land, no homes etc would you stop

I would never stop and pick flowers or even walk on any land that I didn't have permission to be on.

 

Taking something that isn't yours is stealing, even if the owner won't miss it or isn't watching.  The value of the item isn't important.  Stealing is stealing.

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Pearley wrote:


No. I would still be trespassing on someone's land that is not mine, and I have no right to the flowers or anything else on the property without the owner's permission to take it.


You are absolutely right!  As a land owner, I can tell you it is trespassing.  People get sued by people who trespass and get hurt.  If you don't own it, you really should stay off.  

 

People tear up our property on motorbikes, mash down fences getting on it, cross newly planted land and tear it up, knock down crops that are ripe, and run dogs over it sometimes.  Things growing on land belonging to someone else aren't yours to take either, nor game birds or fish in ponds.  It belongs to someone else unless it is public land.  I can't begin to list the problems that come with trespassing. 

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Re: If there is only land, no homes etc would you stop

I still remember a woman digging up some beautiful flowers at our local mall. She was hauling the plants into the trunk of the car. Some people told her she was stealing and the mall security did nothing. I guess it takes all kinds...

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Re: If there is only land, no homes etc would you stop

Just because there isn't a house on the land doesn't mean it's not owned by someone.  My boss bought a lot consisting of multiple acres and they are going to break ground shortly building a home on that land.  If someone decided to go on that property to look at the stream running along the back of his property, they would be trespassing. And that is not okay.

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Re: If there is only land, no homes etc would you stop

No I don't pick flowers anywhere but on my own property.  I do take lots of photos of pretty ones that I see.   I'll be doing a lot of this on Saturday when I go on a hike to see wildflowers.