FIJI Pledges Go Clark W. Griswold On 13-Foot Campus Christmas Tree, Get Busted

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The only difference is they remembered to bring a hacksaw. But just like Clark did, pledges of Phi Gamma Delta at the University of Michigan nabbed their very own, very large, very illegally acquired Christmas tree from a nearby campus parking lot. However, in true pledge form, they found a way to screw it all up. They got busted by campus police.

From The Michigan Daily:

Twelve students were interviewed by University Police early Wednesday after they allegedly stole a tree from a parking lot near the Industrial and Operations Engineering Building and took it to the house of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, commonly known as FIJI. Responding officers were able to determine that the tree cutting was a part of a fraternity pledging activity.

The pledges were spotted by onlookers at 1:20am on Wednesday morning sawing away at the 13-foot monster. They notified authorities, who responded by canvassing the area in search for the enormous, freshly-cut Christmas tree. Their search turned fruitful after rolling through central campus.

The tree was in the bed of a blue Ford F-150 pickup truck on the front lawn of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house at 707 Oxford Road.

An investigation is underway, and charges have yet to be filed. In larceny cases such as this one, the severity of the consequences are based upon the monetary value of the stolen property. As we all know, Christmas trees are expensive. I know if they used the owner of the tree lot by my house to appraise the value of this bad boy, it’d come in at a smooooooth twenty thousand dollars. That old man is getting away with highway robbery.

“Looks great! Little full, ‘lotta sap.”

[via The Michigan Daily]

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