Texas Lawyer Says Neighbors Need To Stop Complaining About His New Tank

Tyler Durden's picture

Wealthy homeowners in one tiny Fort Worth suburb say their neighbor’s decision to park a World War II-era tank in front of his multimillion-dollar home is making them nervous.

At least that’s what attorney Tony Buzbee, a history buff who purchased the WWII tank for $600,000 earlier this year, learned when his neighborhood homeowners’ association sent him a letter saying the tank “impedes traffic” and causes a “safety issue” and “serious concerns for neighbors."

Buzbee says he’s temporarily storing the tank at his River Oaks, Texas home before moving it out to his ranch in East Texas later this year. But even though he’s made it clear that the tank’s presence is temporary, his neighbors are pressing him to remove the tank as soon as possible, according to Houston’s KHOU television station.

Unfazed by his whiny neighbors, Buzbee is pushing back against what he described as NIMBYism run amok, telling local media outlets that his neighbors need to “lighten up” and that the tank isn’t going anywhere unless he decides to move it. Buzbee said the tank “took a year to get here, but now it’s on River Oaks Boulevard,” according to Fox. “This particular tank landed at Normandy. It liberated Paris, and ultimately went all the way to Berlin. There’s a lot of history here.”

"It's not violating any ordinance, but for some people it makes the homeowners association uncomfortable," said Buzbee.


They sent Buzbee a letter saying the tank "impedes traffic", causes a "safety issue" and is causing "serious concerns for neighbors".


"If you're offended just lighten up, my goodness it isn't hurting anyone," said Buzbee.


Buzbee says he's not losing too much sleep over that HOA letter. For now though, he's keeping his new tank right where it is.


"The problem is there is no action they can take," said Buzbee. "They can ticket it or they can try to tow it, but the truth is unless I decide to move it, it's not going anywhere."


Buzbee says the tank will eventually end up on his ranch in east Texas.

The irony is, with the tank easily visible to any would-be criminals, Buzbee's block is probably the safest in the town.

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takeaction's picture

Awesome.....I want one.

DeadFred's picture

LOL, a 70 year old 'New' tank.

Juggernaut x2's picture

Sherman aka Ronson Lighter. I'll crack that bitch open with my Panther.

Manthong's picture


But .mil-think...

What they lacked in crew protection, they made up for in low cost to produce and numbers.

If he could score a few 75mm rounds for that Sherman, he could shut the neighbors up pretty quick.


Fish Gone Bad's picture

Craigslist in Dallas totally has it!!!!! 


ACP's picture

>"For some reason, it makes the homeowner's association board uncomfortable..."


cheka's picture

river oaks, one of the snootiest hoods in houston :)

buzbee hit the lottery when oil refinery blew up -- he represented a daughter that got a quarter billion....and many others

he's also gone very public about firing the moron football coach at texas a and m.  coach is affirm action with huge contract

HardAssets's picture

Don't get me started on homeowners associations.

Often a hangout for busybodies and little Napoleons.

The same kinda twits who were in student government.

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Exactly, well stated.  HOAs are a POS.

BarkingCat's picture

No need for any ammunition. 

Just make the neighborhood more of a drive though type a place.

Gorgeous's picture

does it constitute brandishing a weapon?

Dizzy Malscience's picture


I don’t think the open carry law prohibits 75mm tank guns.

You could probably cruise around with an M1 Abrams 120mm gun if you had one.

But you must have a license down there to conceal them, like maybe with camo netting.

Gorgeous's picture

+1. Way funny.  Driving a tank around with camo netting for "concealment".  Except the barrel sticking out might be considered printing.


aurum4040's picture

Shit I would take a Maus prototype and make it through the end of days haha

quadraspleen's picture

ikr? I'd be concerned less with the parking issues and more about his state of mind having paid $600k for it

effendi's picture

I'd be more scared of vandals or souveneer hunters

HardAssets's picture

The man likely knows very well its inherent value.

Sector Catalyst's picture

Scraping the dregs of the barrel.  Why the fuck is this a ZH article?  

TheEndIsNear's picture

Because it's very funny. Have you no sense of humor?

Ikiru's picture

Seriously, how can you get mad about this article? Especially considering Kim Jong Un is about to murder us all. (sarc)

falconflight's picture

A little levity, dumbass.  Been a bad couple of days.

Sector Catalyst's picture

Poor little snowflake -- you sound triggered.  

1033eruth's picture

Human interest.  Levity.  Variety. 

Why the fuck are you complaining?  Scraping the dregs of the commenting barrel?

Toonces McGraw's picture

I will consider my life complete when I can aquire a Hetzer.

lincolnsteffens's picture

I want one too.  I looked into getting one but when I saw the price tags I decided it was better to live in my home than a tank. I couldn't afford both. I figured it was a good bug out shelter parked by my back door.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

About 20 years ago a man in San Diego stole a tank and drove through the city. I think every man that day was cheering him on, envious it wasn't him. He didn't hurt anyone but sadly was killed. Shawn Nelson will always be a Legend.



Hobbleknee's picture

I remember that guy, and you're right, we were all rooting for him.

therealestg9's picture

Tank Lives Matter.

slipreedip's picture

He seems like a bit of a dick, but its cool hes letting the kids play on it.

Im sure if someone grafittis it he will move it pretty quick.

Gorgeous's picture

well, it is parked in the road with cones around it in a residential area.  But i like it.  and if you can yank the chain on the HOA weenies, so much the better.

jin187's picture

Yeah, that ammo can green paint is rare and expensive.

HardAssets's picture

In todays kiss ass & compliant America, minding your own business & doing what you have the right to do is considered being a 'dick' ?

Someone saw his tank and they pissed their panties. Too bad for them

gregga777's picture

There's one person on the home owners association who doesn't like him. That's all that it takes. HOAs are little bastions of totalitarianism.

falconflight's picture

Free association...move in and abide or don't move in, unlike gov't laws and regulations.  

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

That's where every budding fascist gets his start.


Swamp Yankee's picture

Don't like the tank?


What a bunch of girly-men.


Mmmmm tanky....

Chapulin Colorado's picture

Progressives want a "Safe Space" for tanks.

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Obviously this tank is a racist tank

mosfet's picture

Yep, Racist against the Nazis in WWII

jin187's picture

Like the Nazi equivalent of a burning cross here in the US.

Zero-Hegemon's picture

I'm sure riding in/on that beast beat the hell out of walking across Europe.

Tanks. Alot.

Internet-is-Beast's picture

It is the latest in body armor, a necessity in Europe. I wonder if they have a smaller model that can be used on sidewalks.

Internet-is-Beast's picture

very nice. I'd like to order one with hippy motifs such as the peace sign.

lolmao500's picture

Homeowners associations let your inner fascist run wild!