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Tower trouble

Security guards? They probably should've just called mom.

Gazette staff August 24th, 2011

What do you do when you’re just slightly in trouble? We’re talking “ate the roommate’s leftovers without asking,” not like “ran over Grandma’s prized poodle.” Sheepishly hide in your room?

How about climbing a Tulsa communications tower (and then refusing to come down for six days)? Yeah, that’s a little … extreme. But it’s just what one Tulsa man did recently, as reported by CNN (good to know the national news is picking up positive stories about the state). A 24-year-old gentleman, who reportedly has a history of mental illness, scaled the tower to evade security guards after being discovered trespassing on another property.

Security guards! They probably would have just called his mom!

Anyway, the Tulsa Spider-Man climbed the tower, then for some mysterious reason that apparently included simply wanting to think some things over and we’re guessing a healthy dose of embarrassment, he stayed up there for six days. CBS news reported that he requested the energy drink Rooster Booster, soft drinks and a stylish cappuccino, but probably was without appropriate SPF.

But finally, the long Tulsa nightmare was over last week after the unnamed man stepped into a rescue basket and was lowered to the ground.

“Patience really paid off here,” said Tulsa Police Department Capt. Ryan Perkins, according to CNN. “We were going to wait until he decided to come down.”

The six-day standoff was apparently the longest in Tulsa’s history, making that a challenge to the rest of the loons out there.

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08.24.2011 at 07:24 Reply

So, I'm a tad confused.  Do we actually know why he climbed the tower?  Also, how high did he go?  

I once saw an episode of The World's Toughest Fixes where a crew repaired a TV transmitter on top of a 2,000 ft tower.  It was so high my wife was freaking out from the safety of our couch!  So I'm guessing we're talking about something much shorter.