‘Tis the season to … prevent pine tree theft by spraying them with a foul-smelling repellent? Something like that.
One New Jersey town has been victim of this Christmas tree theft around the holiday, with residents stealing trees during the happy season. Now, the mayor of Port Republic is fighting back in an interesting way.
Mayor Gary Giberson said his friends in the forest industry made a recommendation, telling him to combine deer repellent with moss bunker juice to ward off the thieves. The result? Fox News correspondent Trace Gallagher described the stench as a mix between rotten eggs and rotten fish. Mmmmmm.
“When you get within five feet of that tree, you won’t want to take it into your living room,” Giberson said he was told. Sure enough, not a single tree has been stolen since the spray was used. Well, let’s say we’re not surprised.