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Published:March 26th, 2014 14:11 EST

Naked Man Tells Cops He's Making Tree His Home

By Robert Paul Reyes

"During an incident that police called drug-related, 40-year-old Michael Howard Long of Arab, Ala., climbed a tree at his home early Saturday morning while nude.


Long was about 40 feet up in the tree when police officers and firefighters arrived on the scene. Responders were surprised with his reason.

`Basically, all he would tell the officers was he was cleaning the tree up and was going to make it his home.`"


The first responders negotiated with this screwball for more than an hour, before they were able to convince him to come down.

This is a waste of taxpayer resources, the firefighters should have ordered him once to come down. They should have dislodged him from the tree with their high pressure fire hoses when he refused to comply. When the moron fell to the ground, at that time the first responders could determine if he needed a doctor, a psychiatrist, or an undertaker.

I am OK with firefighters coaxing a kitten to come down from a tree, but a house could have been burning down while they wasted an hour negotiating with this sorry excuse for a human being.

Long was charged with public lewdness and disorderly conduct, and thrown in the slammer.

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