KGW.com reports one homeowner’s frustration has led to a cease and desist plea that tourists stop dropping by the location made famous by the 1985 Richard Donner classic.
The home that once welcomed actors playing now iconic roles is peppered with blue tarps and signs asking that tourists essentially move along, because there is nothing to see here.
KGW quotes Astoria City Councilman Russ Warr who states, “I'm surprised that she waited this long.”
The report notes the current homeowner has been at the location where fictional Mikey and Brand called home—and where Chunk dropped his brilliant truffle shuffle, which led to a complex Rube Goldberg door opening sequence—for about ten years.
But enough has apparently been enough.
First, let’s enjoy the scene that sparked so many to pay homage to the location:
But as USA Today reports, tourist funny business has closed:
It may be frustrating to visitors expecting a glimpse of the home used in the movie, but imagine living there and having fans around your house at the wee hours of the morning.
KGW notes that this year has seen a remarkable influx of tourists: “Warr says this summer, the city estimates between 1,200 and 1,500 people per day drop by, unannounced.”
As we previously noted, 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the film, which meant a great deal of celebration and hoopla.
This would explain why there are so many tourists milling about and why one homeowner decided to get proactive in staving off the pop culture rubbernecking.
As our previous breakdown illustrates, Astoria still has a wealth of locations to enjoy, so leave the Goondocks alone and move along to other landmarks.
At least leave before the owner starts laying Data-themed booby traps.