Skip to comments.UW Students Fined for Dragging 20-foot City Maple into Apartment
Posted on 06/05/2010 7:06:25 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
Two UW-Madison students woke up with a maple tree in their living room Saturday morning, then spent part of the day replanting it because they were the ones who had dragged it there in the first place.
Thomas Schroeder, 21, of Menomonee Falls, and Brenton Neuharth, 21, from Eureka, S.D., were issued citations for damage to property for taking a newly planted tree out of the ground on a terrace between West Main and South Broom streets.
Madison police were alerted to it by Keith and Karen Weiss, who were returning from the Dane County Farmers Market and noticed an area where it looked like a small tree had been. Then they saw a trail of dirt that led across the street to a house on West Main Street.
It was so obvious, Keith Weiss said. It led right up the stairs.
At 7:55 a.m., police were called and followed the trail of dirt into the apartment. The door was open, Schroeder and Neuharth were sleeping and a 20-foot maple was lying across the room, its bark scraped by doors and walls it likely hit on its short journey.
Officer Tammi Droessler said Neuharth confessed to pulling the young tree out of the ground and Schroeder, his roommate, helped him take it away.
They were cooperative and felt bad, said Droessler. They wanted to help put it back since they were the ones who took it down.
The two dug into the area where the tree had been and carted water from their apartment with the hopes of giving it another chance to grow.
The two men were fined $681 each. Droessler said the cost of the tree, which is city property, was $375.
The root system probably had some damage to it and then being out in the dry air, and then the scraping, its got three strikes against it, Droessler said.
Tree Hugging gone too far...
That’s actually kind of funny.
LOL! I was just going to ping you. :)
In this case, it is.
We woke up, it was there.
“Yeah, drunken assholes destroying property are real funny.”
Yea, old Jack Daniels can make a dumb young boy do most anything.
I never knew Al Gore attended UW-Madison.
Drunk 1: “Man, I want some waffles.”
Drunk 2: “Dude, If you have waffles, then you need some syrup.”
Drunk 1: “Let’s bring this tree home and we’ll have all the maple syrup we need.”
Drunk 2: “Dude! That’s awesome!
...and they’ll have the next 60 years explaining what they did when they apply for jobs. Very smart.
LOL! I’ll be that’s JUST what happened, too, LOL! :)
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