Monday, August 6, 2007

(Peach-) Fuzzy Ethics

On one of my running routes there are some very mature fruit trees. This morning as I passed by, the smell of fresh, ripe peaches wafted in the air, followed by plums, and then a bit farther down the strong, fragrant smell of apples. Definitely some of the best smells of summer.

Apparently, we've had a pretty good fruit growing weather pattern in Colorado this year, because all of the trees were heavy. The branches were bending clear over with the weight of the fruit. Seriously, they were BEGGING me to help them out.

I tell you this, because I'm thinking about going and picking some of the fruit.

The street is a dead end street (with a running path through the dead end into another subdivision). Along the south side of the street are about 15 homes with very large and mature yards. Along the north side is a 6 ft fence that runs the length of the street. The fruit trees are planted in several different backyards behind the fence, with their laden branches generously hanging over the fence and into the street by about 4-5 feet.

I'd like to go around to the front of the fruity houses, and just knock on the door and ask, but it's a gated community. I doubt if I'd be allowed in to just drive randomly around until I find the one that looks like it matches the backyard.

I guess throwing a rock with a note up onto the deck would probably eliminate any chance of getting permission since I, ummm, throw like a girl, and would probably miss the deck in favor of a window. Of course, if I TRIED for the window....

I'm quite sure, based on last year, that none of the homeowners are the least bit interested in the fruit that hangs over that fence. (Or for that matter, the mess it makes in the street.) Really I'd be doing a community service, right?

I don't want to be accused of fruit thievery - or (as Mrs. Doubtfire would say) a drive-by fruiting.

What to do, what to do...

6 comments:

Earl said...

Slipper slope.

Earl said...

Slippery

East of Eden said...

Actually, if the fruit is hanging over the fence you are allowed to pick it.

so grateful to be Mormon! said...

ah randy: you cracked me up how you said you throw like a girl and then you made me snicker out loud when you said if you "tried for the window..." take care girl, kathleen :)

Heather said...

Let us know what you decide... and take pictures.

"Q" said...

I can smell those peaches!
I agree with E of E it is lawful to pick it if it's over the fence. It's the same as when your next door neighbors fruit is hanging over your fence; it is no longer on their property. I'm sure they would be thrilled that doesn't just rot off the tree......just don't be greedy. Where is this tree?