Massive tarp hung to block neighbor's surveillance camera

by: Tina Terry Updated:

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MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. —

A Mount Holly man took drastic measures to protect his privacy by putting up a 10-foot-wide strip of tarp around his home.

"Who wants to be videoed or have pictures took of him the whole time they're outside?" said Tony Jones. 

Just last week, he added another tarp to hide the side of his house from yet another camera.  He said the cameras are affecting his social life, too.

"It stopped any of our friends from coming here," he said.  "They just don't want to be recorded."

We went to the house with the cameras, but no one there wanted to talk to us.

Neighbors, even some yards away, called the tarp an eyesore.

"I think it's ugly for the neighborhood, I really do," said Ann Love.

Jones emailed Gaston County commissioners asking for tougher privacy rules, but the county attorney told commissioners legally there's nothing they can do.

"It's unfortunate. We hope in this situation people can work together and find something for the common good. Because they are neighbors," said Commissioner Chad Brown.

Jones is vowing not to back down.

"He can get used to the blue tarps.  I'll leave ‘em there until he takes the camera down or points it on his own property," he said.