What would you do if the government orders the death of your child and makes you pay for it… it sounds horrifying, doesn’t it? One man from Redondo Beach California was made to do just that. This is absurdly despicable. You will never guess what he did in revenge.
Well first of all relax, no one made anyone to kill their child in the USA. After all we are not some barbarians and our officials, though sometimes thickheaded, are not evil warlocks that want the blood of our children. This story is about an arborist, who was made to cut down his 30-year-old pepper tree. An arborist is a person, who is professional in the cultivation, management, and study of trees. And though he lost the battle with the Redondo Beach, California City Council he surely won the war. His revenge for the council’s decision is just amazing. You will never guess what he did.
The man, who we are going to call Tom, planted a tree 33 years ago. “I was getting older and the idea that I’m going to put something on this earth that will live well beyond me was simply inspiring. This is how Clyde came to be”, explains the arborist, who named his pepper tree Clyde. Three years ago the city council of Redondo Beach noticed, that the tree’s roots had started to penetrate the pavement in front of Tom’s house. That’s when they issued the “death warrant” of Tom’s “child”. Furthermore they ordered the man to pay for the damages to the sidewalk and the tree removal. “I loved Clyde and I took very good care of him” the old man says with tears in his eyes. “ I drained his soil, I gave him a crutch to lean on when he was a young lad, and I watch him grow. Just when Clyde was ready to become a strong healthy individual, the mayor took it upon himself to uproot my beautiful child”, Tom says holding his fist in anger. “Mayor, you killed my child”, he continues with a shaken voice. But the old tree lover was not going to leave this cruelty unpunished. His revenge plot took three years to get into motion, but this is the most awesome revenge anyone has ever done. Continue reading and you will witness greatness, devotion and the best revenge story ever told.
While grieving for the loss of his wooden friend, Tom decided to make the killers pay for their action. He did it the only way he knew how. About 3 months after Clyde was killed Tom planted 45 California Redwoods and 82 Giant Sequoias in various parks, yards and properties of the state around the city. One Giant Sequoia was placed near the Mayors house. Today each of their roots is about 30 feet in diameter and deeply embedded in the soil. Already the new trees can be seen in front of the city council and in the mayor’s backyard. They are still little trees if you account only for what’s above the ground, but soon they will grow fast and tall.
Tom’s revenge was to plant more than 100 living giants in memory of Clyde. And immortal giants they will become. The Giant Sequoia lives well beyond 2,500 years and grows as high as 300 feet. Tom explains that removing one of them at this point will cost over $1500 and if they are left alone, they will surely overtake the city. “I’m stiffing you with the bill, just like you did to me when you killed my child 3 years ago”, says the old man and at the end he turns to the mayor “May your city be overrun by trees. And may Clyde rest in peace”.
Just if you are wondering how a giant sequoia looks like, this is a video that shows General Sherman – the biggest sequoia tree in the world
OMG! People look like ants next to this giant. Share this amazing story with your friends and remember never to mess with people’s trees.