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Ohio Man And His Wife File Lawsuit After Years Of Angry Horn Honking

Rick and Cindy Krlich, long-term residents of Hubbard, Ohio, are suing dozens of people from the local community because they blame them for years of being honked at. According to Mr. Krlich, the honking has been an ongoing problem for more than 7 years. In an interview with ABC News, Mr. Krlich repeatedly claimed that Hubbard residents were deliberately honking their horns whenever they drove past his home. "In the beginning, it was 100 times a day," Rick Krlich exclaimed. Lately, the couple emphasized, it “has settled down to once or twice a day.”

Mr. Krlich believes that the incessant honking began after a real estate deal with his neighbor, John Clemente, turned ugly. The dispute began after Mr. Clemente – who was then in the midst of a legal battle for his home in probate court – found out that his neighbor, Mr. Krlich, was suing him in an attempt to buyout the property. After Mr. Krlich’s hostile attempt failed, Mr. Clemente, who was then serving as the small town’s Fire Chief, was allowed to keep the home that had been in his family for generations.

From Mr. Krlich’s perspective, this incident caused the Hubbard Fire Chief to tell his friends and family to honk their horns when they saw Mr. Krlich or passed his home. Mr. Krlich became so angry at the constant honking that he decided to install a street-facing surveillance system in an attempt to catch drivers in the act of honking. After several years of collecting footage, Mr. Krlich now believes that he has enough evidence – including video recordings of a cop and fireman honking their horns – to bring his grievances to a small claims court. In total, Mr. Krlich is now suing 40 other Hubbard residents.

However, when ABC interviewers spoke with Mr. Clemente, they heard an entirely different version of events. According to the former Fire Chief, the only time people he knew (usually his son and his son’s girlfriend) honked their horns was when they were signaling ‘goodbye’ as they leave.

When asked about the honkers caught on camera, Mr. Clemente protested that Mr. Krlich’s constant accusations and general rudeness were to blame for any cases of deliberate honking. "Why wouldn't you be against him … and what he is doing to everybody?" John Clemente told ABC’s ‘20/20’. “Do you realize he has got 700 cases going to court?"

Mr. and Mrs. Clemente continued to express more and more frustration as the interview went on, with his wife, Marlene Clemente, saying: "If you beep your horn one time, he'll take you to court. Just a regular beep or just to beep at the neighbors across the street, he'll take you to court."

After interviewing the aggravated neighbors, ABC News attempted to foster reconciliation, hosting a community BBQ at a local park. It remains unclear if the event, nicknamed the ‘Peace and Reconciliation Barbeque’, had any effect on bringing the fractured town back together.

Source: ABC News
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