It is said that a man's rubbish is another man's treasure. But what about old toilets?
Lawyers for the village of Potsdam, New York, moved on Monday to dismiss a lawsuit filed in federal court in August over several "toilet gardens" belonging to a man who sees the bouquets in the chests of drawers.
Frederick “Hank” Robar filed a complaint that the village had violated his rights under the first and 14th amendments to the Constitution and the Visual Art Rights Act of 1990 when the board of trustees ordered him to remove all bathroom fittings from each and one of his seven properties, according to a news report on NNY360.com.
Mr. Robar claimed that he was being unfairly targeted by the village and that his many toilets were a protected form of art and protest and demanded at least $ 7 million in damages from the village, according to the report.
The village argued in newspapers Monday that Robar and his "porcelain protest" were not specifically targeted at last year when it passed a "garbage storage law" and therefore it is not a first amendment violation according to the report.