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Monday, December 22, 2014

Thieves Rip Off Excelsior Community Christmas Tree

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM

click to enlarge Santa is bummed.
  • Santa is bummed.
It ain't quite shooting the Pope, but few crimes evoke upstanding members of society to utter "who would do such a thing?" quite like stealing a Christmas Tree. 

But that's exactly what happened last week in the Excelsior District. A seven-foot tree donated by the Outer Mission Beacon and decorated by neighborhood kiddies standing at Mission and Ocean Streets was filched by unknown miscreants. A few bike chains proved to be no match for whomever decided he or she needed that tree more than the denizens of one of San Francisco's most underappreciated neighborhoods

The theft left Pete Whitcomb, owner of the eponymous Pissed Off Pete's tavern feeling just how you'd think he would. But then he got past that — and replaced the tree. 

After getting a call from Sean Ingram, owner of the Dark Horse Inn on Geneva, the two local merchants nonchalantly replaced the tree. "Instead of bitching and complaining about it like everyone wanted to do, I met Sean on the corner on Saturday, we bought a new tree, we got ornaments at the dollar store, and we put it back." 

Whitcomb says he's holding out hope that "some family that really needed it" took the tree. But the sight of decapitated Santa ornaments which the thieves felt the need to toss around Mission indicates this is probably not the case: "It seems like it's just some asshole who did it." 

The publican hopes this tree will last a bit longer than its predecessor. But that's not his department. "We bought it, I put a picture on Facebook, I said 'it's back' and let other folks deal with it, you know?" 

Whitcomb doesn't have a tree at his own home and admits he was surprised by the steepness of the price tag for a Christmas Tree only days before the big event. "But I don't mind. It's for the neighborhood." 

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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