Halifax roadside golf ball seller back in business

A Halifax man busted for selling used golf balls on the roadside can resume his trade now that local business owners have offered him the use of their parking lot.

Whitestone Development offers Ralph Henneberry a spot to work after Halifax bust

Ralph Henneberry will be back at work after Aug. 21. (CBC)

A Halifax man busted for selling used golf balls on the roadside can resume his trade now that local business owners have offered him the use of their parking lot.

Ralph Henneberry, 78, sold golf balls on St. Margarets Bay Road as a hobby for 15 years after retirement. But recently, a Halifax official told him he had to stop.

Tamara Barker Watson and her husband Andrew, who own a nearby business, heard about his plight in the news.

"I said, 'This is craziness,'" she told CBC News on Monday. "Here's a gentleman who is not a drain on our society. He's out there walking and collecting his golf balls. He's not hurting anybody."

Her husband will never have to buy another golf ball.- Ralph Henneberry

The couple own Whitestone Development, which is just up the road from Henneberry’s old spot. They decided to step forward and offer him the use of their parking lot on weekends.

"I felt so humbled by that man," Watson said. "He was so thankful and so appreciative."

Henneberry called it wonderful news from a wonderful person. 

"I was overwhelmed. I felt like hey, there is people out there that care," he said Monday.

Henneberry gets the balls from friends and family, and he also collects them himself while playing.

He intends to take up his new weekend post at 1308 St. Margarets Bay Road after Aug. 21. He offered a token of thanks to the Watsons.

"Her husband will never have to buy another golf ball," he laughed. 

Halifax spokeswoman Jennifer Stairs told CBC News you can sell flowers, art and food on some Halifax roads, but never golf balls. She did not explain the rules.

Henneberry hopes the city will revisit the rules.


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