Tree running through street disrupts traffic
An obtrusive tree spotted running through traffic at a busy intersection Monday has been unmasked Scooby-Doo style as just a random guy named Asher Woodworth.
A local TV editor posted a video to Twitter of what appears to be some sort of pine walking on a crosswalk in Portland, M.E.
Police arrested the 30-year-old tree imposter after he became a serious nuisance. A different local TV producer on scene said that the tree-man would not speak to the media.
Hopefully, that will teach him not to try to force his Christmas spirit on people in October. Or to wear a tree costume outside of the Stanford University stadium.
In case you were wondering, yes, his branches did have to be removed for his mugshot.
He posted bail, which was set at $60.
Woodworth is a dancer, and he told police he wanted to see how he would affect 'people's natural choreography,' according to Daily Mail. He posted photos of people dressed as trees on his Tumblr recently.
This is not the first time he has pulled a strange stunt for performance art.
According to Daily Mail, he and three other friends ran more than 450 feet of extension cords across four lanes of traffic to power an electric drill to try to steal the giant chili pepper logo from a Chili's franchise in Bennington, Vt. in 2009.
As he was trying to remove the bolts, an alarm went off.
On his website, Woodworth explained that it was supposed to be a "gesture of generosity, not malice."
"'The gift of the pepper was meant for my good friend Ham who, upon passing by the pepper on several occasions, had remarked to me about it's beauty, it's smoothness, and it's enticing features," he wrote.
So maybe he won't learn from this at all — and we can only hope he comes back from all of this a little more creative and a lot less obtrusive.
We'll be pining for his next appearance.
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