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In the community where I live, gated communities are going up fast—every new cluster of even just eight or 10 McMansions, it seems, has a gated fence with a card-reader at the gate. I remember a friend who lives in Wilmington, N.C. talking about a huge gated community there that fought tooth and nail to get excluded from paying certain local taxes. Except that if there was a fire, they still wanted the Wilmington fire department to come put out the fire. Moral obligation, y’know.
Just came across this funny video that was made with Larry the Cucumber, one of the characters in Veggie Tales. Enjoy…
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