Published on May 24th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Man Tries to Burn Down Home Depot After Friend’s Hardware Store Suffers Business Decline
Does anyone remember that old SNL skit with the Mr. Belvedere fan club? It’s okay to create Small Business Saturday to urge people to buy local… it’s not okay to burn down the local Home Depot so people are traumatized into buying local at your pal’s hardware shop.
You can see where this is going, isn’t it? Yes, a dude actually got so enraged at the local Home Depot that he tried to burn the motherf*cker down after his friend’s hardware store lost sales to the building supply megalith. Tacoma, Washington man Randol W. Stebner, 53, started two “small fires” near the local Home Depot.
The attempted arson failed to ignite the shop, and charging documents indicate that Stebner (who may have been intoxicated) made no effort to conceal his crime, writing in a confession:
“I am upset with Home Depot because they are making business difficult for my friend… I know there are people in the store now. I don’t want to hurt them, but I have to get their motherf*cking attention. I only set one fire, but I want to set a couple more.”
Stebner remains incarcerated on $75,000 bail, and has been charged with attempted arson.