Channel 5 sure knows a good Halloween decoration news story when they see it.
On October 11, the Oklahoma City news channel did a piece on some Edmond man's Halloween lawn decorations that included a cheesy Obama tombstone. I guess some neighbor complained that it took "Halloween too far," because apparently an annual celebration where people dress up like dead celebrities, Ebola zombies, murder victims, sluts, and even wear black face, has some sort of limitations when it comes to appropriateness.
Naturally, the story went national and probably got KOCO some decent web traffic and video views. Looking for similar success, they decided to tell us about some more Halloween decoration drama on Friday. This time around, it had to do with a fireman losing his cool when his neighbor blocked Halloween decorations with a trash can.
An Oklahoma City firefighter was arrested late Thursday night on complaints of assaulting a neighbor. According to police, it all started over Halloween decorations.Matthew Jones worked hard on his haunted Halloween home in southeast Oklahoma City. It’s covered in ghosts, ghouls, spiders and other decorations. When a neighbor put two large trash cans in front of his beloved display, he got angry.“I admit I was frustrated,” Jones said during a phone interview. “I kicked the trash can over and started the altercation as far as kicking the trash cans but at no point did I ever take a swing at him."The neighbor asked not to be identified. He claimed he came running out of his home when he heard his trash cans fall over.The neighbor reported Jones pushed him and called him a racial slur. Jones claimed he was protecting himself and denied using the slur.The police report said that Jones called the neighbor the N-word.“I did not. I called him other words but as far as I recall I did not say that word,” Jones said.Jeff Damron lives across the street and had no idea there was a problem.“I was pretty shocked and surprised. It's a really nice neighborhood,” he said.Jones faces a city charge of assault and battery.
I can see the fireman's frustration. If I spent all day building a Halloween nativity scene graveyard in my front yard, and then my jealous neighbor had the audacity to block it with his trash cans on trash day, I'd, uhm, well, think that was totally normal and not think about it.
But who knows. Maybe I'm wrong. Let's see what this yard and Halloween decorations look like:
Yep, that's it. Do you like how the trash cans are still blocking the view? Thank God, otherwise we'd have to look at the travesty. I'd rather live next door to 10 Obama tombstones than the Walmart Halloween aisle.
Seriously, he got mad about that? If anything, the fireman should thank the neighbor and get him a six-pack of beer and bag of candy corn for being a good Samaritan. If I lived next door, I would have taken things a step further and actually put the decorations in the trash cans. The whole thing looks like a cruel Halloween prank gone awry.
"I got an idea!"
"Lets go buy some cheesy as fuck Halloween lawn ornaments from Walmart and Target and put them in some angry dude's yard."
"Yeah, then we'll put some trash cans in front of them so he'll attack his neighbor."