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Take A Hike? Nasty Note Suggests Hemet Walker Go Elsewhere

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HEMET (CBSLA.com) — A woman has been asked to stop hiking on a public street in Hemet by a disgruntled resident who doesn’t like to hear her conversations.

Patti Duffy has been walking up and down a scenic hill in the San Jacinto Valley for the last three years, dropping 70 pounds while enjoying some of the sights she doesn’t have near her own home.

“The fresh air, the beautiful sunsets coming down. The sunrises coming up. Just wide, open spaces,” Duffy said of what draws her to the area.

KCAL9’s Crystal Cruz reports one of her more recent walks was disturbed, however, when a resident put a nasty note on her car, asking Duffy to stop using the street where she parks and begins her daily strolls.

“Would you please walk in your own neighborhood?” the note reads in part. “Why do you think those of us living here want to listen to you talk on your cell phone and talk to your walking partners?” it continues.

Local resident Richard Bowman doesn’t understand the fuss.

“I think people should get exercise and I think it’s a good thing,” Bowman said.

Homeowner Greg Adams agreed.

“I think that it’s good to have people who are in our area walking around and seeing what’s going on,” Adams said.

Duffy says the complaint will “absolutely not” stop her from getting her exercise on the block.

Instead, she put the note on Facebook, where friends offered words of support.

“I have no sympathy for the grouch who wrote the note …  want privacy move to a gated community,” one wrote.

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