Reporting Steve Large
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A homeowner is bothered by smokers near her front steps and has a clever way to get them to “butt out.”
CBS13 talked to a woman who has a dispute with a nearby hospital.
It’s an artfully crafted argument.
Joanie Pope-Ferry has a message for Mercy Hospital.
“I didn’t want to be too mean about it and too negative, but I wanted to get my point across,” said Pope-Ferry.
Now she’s had her message made into a mural on her fence.
“The smell of smoke comes in my windows,” said Pope-Ferry.
It’s aimed at hospital visitors who smoke. It reads “Mercy have mercy, no smoking please and don’t make an ash of yourself.”
“I can’t do anything that will hurt anybody because I don’t want to get sued,” said Pope-Ferry.
You might call it Pope-Ferry’s last-gasp attempt to get the hospital’s attention.
“It started Saturday when I just got so fed up I called an artist and I said ‘Can I hire you to work?’” she said.
Her frustration started months ago when Mercy made its campus smoke-free.
“So what they have done is they don’t smoke there, and they come in front of my home, sit on my bench, leave their cigarette butts,” said Pope-Ferry.
Attorneys and phone calls had no impact. She was running out of options.
“I thought about putting like spikes up here, then I thought about sprinklers, but then kids and people that weren’t smoking would get hit by them,” said Pope-Ferry.
Now this, it’s a mural for Mercy.
“I had an art gallery for 10 years so I said ‘Why not use art?’ ” she said.
Her own home became a canvas for a cause.
She has commissioned a painting that she’s hoping will make Mercy say mercy in what’s become a cigarette showdown.
“You used to have a spot for smokers, and it shouldn’t be my home,” she said.
Until Mercy makes its own spot for smokers, Pope-Ferry says she plans to make changes to the mural on a weekly basis.