Residents of The Villiages in Florida discover the joys of internet anonymity

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That place has always sounded nightmarish to me. It’s freakin’ huge (current population is about 84,000) and is overwhelmingly white (98%) and Republican (68%). I’m just glad I don’t have any relatives who have chosen to retire there because I can’t see myself making regular visits.

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A cut-rate version of NextDoor combined with entitled and affluent elderly white conservatives was never going to have any outcome other than this.

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I wonder if they have an interloper living there, or if someone hacked in, because picking on the white crosses specifically is the opposite of Village ‘ethics’:

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Based on what the cesspool of retired curmudgeons that Nextdoor is here currently. That’s just awful.

Sooo many angry folks yelling at the sky at once.

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That story seems rather apocryphal and “just-so” - people in this part of rural Michigan have all kinds of crap in their yards. Also, people in Michigan place white crosses at the side of the road to mark a location where someone died.

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Good point.

I actually have a white cross on the edge of my property, put up by the family, where a teen (a few months past her 16th birthday) was driving her pickup at something like 80mph and crashed into a tree. Fortunately no one else was hurt, but what a sad reminder that teens are not fully adult yet in their ability to make good decisions.

But that’s different than these little white crosses. They’re not meant to indicate a road death. And as you say, how likely is it that it became such a rallying cry in Frankenmuth, MI that it got transported down to Florida?

This might be the origin of the story:

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Many years ago I did a favor for one of my customers and picked up a large boat on a trailer from inside The Villages. My gosh, it was like Fort Knox getting in there and you were watched the entire time. You’re right, it’s a virtual city in there and it’s not easy getting around. Had to dodge a lot of golf carts.

No way would I ever choose to live in there.

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Yes, but:

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