Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


March 19, 2014

Tree removal crew mistakes tattoo for a gun

HINTON — Police armed with assault rifles were dispatched to a Maine man’s home after members of a tree removal crew he had told to leave his property reported that he had a gun.

The “gun” the tree crew had seen on Michael Smith of Norridgewock turned out to be a life-sized tattoo of a handgun on his stomach, according to the Morning Sentinel.

Smith, who works nights, was sleeping when the tree crew contracted by a utility to trim branches near power lines, woke him up at about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Smith went outside without a shirt and yelled at the workers to leave. When he’s not wearing a shirt, the tattoo looks like a gun tucked into his waistband, according to the Sentinel.

Smith told the Morning Sentinel that the tattoo has never been a problem before. The police did not charge him.


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