For one Georgia woman and her granddaughter, the color pink caused a ruckus that resulted in a lawsuit over a playhouse. In the neighborhood where Becky Rogers-Peck lives, the homeowner’s association brought suit over the pink color of the playhouse she had built and painted in her granddaughter’s favorite color.
Citing complaints from neighbors and stating that Rogers-Peck was in violation of the homeowner’s association’s rules governing outbuildings. They stated she hadn’t sought board approval to use the color pink. Rogers-Peck contends that the playhouse is a piece of play equipment like a swing set or trampoline and is exempt from the rule requiring board approval. She feels the board was overstepping their bounds. The playhouse could not even be seen from the road.
The lawsuit, filed Aug. 2, 2012, was dismissed on October 15 after the case garnered national attention. The Millshaven Homeowners Association gave no reason for dropping the case and Rogers-Peck has several thoughts on the matter. For one, the case had received a lot of attention in the media and the association was not going to gain any support for their stance. The other reason Rogers-Peck believes the case was dropped is because three new members were elected to the six-person board a week before the case was dropped. Rogers-Peck thinks the new members talked some sense into the remaining members.
Rogers-Peck built the playhouse for Aubree, her 4 year old granddaughter. When her lawyer called to say the case had been dropped, she woke Aubrey to give her the good news. The child asked what about the person who doesn’t like pink and her grandmother was able to tell her that her favorite color wasn’t going anywhere. Aubree is a very happy little girl, thanks to her grandmother’s fighting spirit.