As Ansel noted last night, a man climbed up an 80-foot sequoia tree in Downtown Seattle yesterday. Although the Seattle Police Department had to close down streets yesterday and this morning. But, thankfully, they don't believe he is a threat to public safety.
Police told the Seattle Times that they were concerned about the man’s mental health and did not want to rush the rescue lest it jeopardized his safety. ...
Scott Bonjukian, who works on the seventh floor of a building next to the tree, wrote in an email to The Washington Post that he was alerted to the man when he heard a police officer yelling at him through a bullhorn.
“We watched for several hours as police tried to talk him down,” Bonjukian said. “It was somewhat funny until he started ripping off limbs and defecating.”
I mean, he is going on two days up there.
Bonjukian poignantly concludes:
He added: “Homelessness and affordable housing have become big topics in Seattle, along with lack of funding for mental health at the state level. I’m sure this will spur conversations about those kinds of policy, along with more hashtags and parody Twitter accounts.”
Although our Man in Tree has now caused a two-day traffic headache for folks driving in downtown Seattle, at the very least, he is sparking new conversations about important city issues.
And a t-shirt!
While we continue to lose our collective minds over the #ManInTree, you can keep an eye on the professional percher here:
Update 12:08 p.m.: According to KOMO News, the Man In Tree is now back on the ground. "The man sat on the ground for a few minutes, eating a piece of fruit, and then police and medics arrived with a gurney to take care of him," they reported.