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Dear Lisbon Maine Net:
This afternoon I was accosted by a hulking young man that came up to my car at the stop sign on route 9 and 196. He didn’t grab me or threaten me with his voice but never the less the intimidation was there in his body language and overall manner. Give me money or I will not be happy with you was the obvious message being given. What made the bullying even more frightening was that it seemed to be sanctioned by the Lisbon Officials. I noticed that one of the turning lanes was blocked off and the traffic was funneled single file to make it impossible to escape the scrutiny of the young men.
I am a firm supporter of the Lisbon Fire Department and have given them money every year for more years than I care to remember but I want to give them money on my own terms not out of fright. Does Lisbon have the legal authority to restrict traffic flow and create a potentially hazardous condition to collect money? Even if the money is for a good cause? I don’t know. Something tells me this thing wasn’t thought out very well by the town Manager.
I would sign my name but to be honest I am afraid. I am afraid of repercussions from the Town.I never thought I would say that but it is true.
Scared in Lisbon