It's a little old, but it's news to us. The SFPD picked up a wannabe poet lighting a Christmas tree on fire on January 15. He was using a newspaper (hopefully the Guardian
) to ignite the tree in a North Beach street when the police nabbed him. His answer:
"Why can't poets light a Christmas tree on fire? It's making a statement."
Indeed, sir. Indeed. Full police report after da jump. -Snitch Staff Report
On 1/15/08 at 9:45 PM, at Columbus & Vallejo, North Beach area beat: Officer Mark Alvarez responded on a report of officers with an arsonist in custody. Officer Alvarez met with an off-duty US Marshal and a California Department of Corrections Agent who were holding an individual who had primed (with newspaper) and then set a Christmas tree ablaze in the middle of the intersection. When Officer Alvarez took custody of the suspect, the individual asked, "Why can't poets light a Christmas tree on fire? It's making a statement."