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It’s been almost two years since Alabama’s #1 fan Harvey Updyke poisoned the trees at Toomer’s Corner after the Crimson Tide fell to Auburn in a classic comeback victory, and then called into the Paul Finebaum radio show to brag about it, subsequently leading to his arrest and nationwide infamy. Well, his tree poisoning days are thankfully behind him, but now he’s trying out a new gig: terrorism.
This potential act of terrorism is over lawn equipment, though, and it’s on domestic soil – in Hammond, Louisiana.
Updyke ran into trouble again last week when attempting to return a lawnmower to a national home improvement store in Hammond. According to the police report , Updyke became angry when the store manager would only give him $110 for the lawnmower, and insisted on getting $150 for the product. The manager called the police when Updyke caused a scene.
Updyke said he would “come back and take care of everyone,” after the officer on scene told him he was not allowed back on the property. According to the report, he continued to tell the officer he would return to the store and “it would be his last time.”
Giannobile said the officer felt Updyke’s statements and attitude were threatening, and arrested him. “You just don’t know what these people will do and we don’t take any chances,” Giannobile said.
This entertaining saga has actually turned a little somber. According to the report, Updyke told explained to the officers on scene that because of his impending jail sentence and heart condition, he simply didn’t care anymore. He wasn’t going to take “no” for an answer. And all over $40. Sad.
Come on, Harv. Get your shit together, man. Life is more fun with you around.