Auburn University: Famous live oaks poisoned

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  1. Lyle macrumors 68000

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    Link

    And from just a few minutes ago:
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    Unsurprisingly, he called in to a radio talk show to brag about having done it. I hope they throw the book at him.
     
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    I see no reason for this guy's actions. Completely senseless. :(
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Yeah, pretty shameful

    I posted about this last night in the College Football thread

    Apparently the guy has kids named "Bear" and "Crimson" according to Stewart Mandel's tweet (Sports Illustrated)
     
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    That is sad but I don't get the point of the toilet paper being tossed on the trees as a vigil.
     
  5. Lyle thread starter macrumors 68000

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    It's just a tradition.
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  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Glad they twigged onto the perp quite quickly. Send the case to special branch.


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  7. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

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    It's incredibly sad that this douchebag's life is so empty that he 1) gets that worked up over a football game, and 2) that he has to live vicariously through a sports team associated with a college I'll wager he doesn't have the mental fortitude to have ever attended.

    I have yet to hear of anyone here expressing anything but disgust for this loser's actions. It's just as bad as if someone had taken a wrecking ball to Denny Chimes.
     
  8. Don't panic macrumors 603

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    what an utter moron.
    he should be sentenced to pay for all costs in the attempted rescue of the trees and those of the eventual replacements and to hundreds of hours of community service.
    cleaning the toilets of Auburn's sport facilities for the next 5 years seems an appropriate punishment.

    on the other hand, 10 yeras of jail time? that is simply ridiculous. however an idiot this man is, it is trees we are talking about, not people.
     
  9. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I'm not an Auburn fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I do value traditions in College Football for all schools

    The Dawgs have "between the hedges", and it would be tantamount to poisoning the hedges in Athens

    Here is a video of Toomer's Corner and the traditions there for Auburn

    Toomer's Corner
     
  10. 63dot, Feb 17, 2011
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    Criminal intent (or if this is a tort) is bad enough, but stupidity maddens me even more.

    A nearby, but tiny (and then unaccredited military university) wanted a plot of land they rented which had beautiful gardens by Luther Burbank, and old pre-Colombian oaks, and with their presence the oaks were unintentionally destroyed. Though not meaning to kill the oaks, they planted thirsty lawns all around the oaks and killed them all with sprinklers and root rot.

    These oaks were on location for hundreds of years, and when the navy decided to make a home there for 50 years, under a very generous lease agreement, they "modified" the landscape to look like big city office buildings with cookie cutter square structures and lawns galore. Today there is no evidence of Burbank's work or the pre-Colombian oaks.

    Mind you, this was all done right next to a famous Pebble Beach Company golf course and in a city of fewer than 20,000 people.:mad:

    While we can prosecute the guy/people who poisoned the trees at Auburn, good luck on going after DoD with the eyesore they created from what was once a California landmark location with last remaining life on the west coast before Europeans came. When the navy base was almost closed, locals were going to bring the few blocks of eyesore back to the landmark it once was with the Burbank hotel and grounds.
     
  11. ehoui macrumors regular

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    Who cares about jail time. This person should have to spend the next 10 years taking care of the trees for the University of Auburn. How can a 62 year old person be such a moron?!
     
  12. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed, he should be fined and be responsible for all costs incurred trying to save the trees. This guy is just pathetic.
     
  13. codymac macrumors 6502

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    Ever price a large tree?

    The ****** Paul Cullen got nine years for poisoning the Treaty Oak in Austin back in 1989 - a glorious and historically significant 500 year old oak that, sadly, still looks like hell today.
     
  14. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    he was dumb in so many ways. First for doing it.
    2 for bragging about it on a radio show.

    3. Bragging about it still during the winter.

    If he really wanted the trees to die he should of kept his mouth shut until a good part of the string was threw because then it would of been to late to save the tree. The trees are in their dormate cycle right now so they have more time to try to save the trees and they not of suck up as much of the poison.
     
  15. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Agreed but a sentence up to 10 years is ludicrous.
     
  16. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    As much as I hate Auburn like the next Crimson fan... this is pretty low.
     
  17. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Ten years in prison? For a tree? God, our criminal systems are messed up.
     
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    Harvey Updyke (we need his middle name don't we... all famous killers are called by all 3 names)

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  19. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Yes, it is. People have been sentenced less harshly for rape.
     
  20. darkplanets macrumors 6502a

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    A fine, yes.

    10 years in prison? That's laughable. Drug users and dealers can get less time.
     
  21. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Ah... now we are on the right track ;)

    Harvey Almorn Updyke

    When you get all 3 names... you are notorious

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    [​IMG] The second reference might need a link. ;)
     
  23. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    Inmate 1: ...So, yeah, the cops raided me and found all the stuff, and here I am. Hey man, what are you in for?

    Inmate 2: I caught my girlfriend cheatin' with my best friend. Shot 'em dead.

    Inmate 1: And you?

    Inmate 3: I robbed a bank...almost made it across the border too. My buddy got killed in the shootout.

    Inmate 1: How about you?

    Harvey: I, uh, killed some trees...

    Inmate 1: What?

    Harvey: But they were like, really big trees!
     
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    As they should. They aren't hurting anyone, not even trees.
     

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