"What's That Smell?"
Every time I drive past one of those Christmas tree lots, I always wonder how many trees are stolen when no one is looking.
A town called Port Republic in South Jersey was having that problem, where thieves were cutting down their beautiful Pine trees that were
put up as a wind barrier around tennis courts and a skating pond.
But this year things are a little different after one town official came up with an idea.
To stop any more Grinch-like thieves, the mayor got some help form a few contacts in the forestry industry.
The idea, make the trees stink and undesirable. They came up with a secret mix, two coats of a deer repellent spray and "moss bunker juice, that they actually use in fertilizer. "When you get within five feet of that tree, you're not going to want that in your living room."
He also had a very clear sign made that reads:
WARNING! "THESE TREES HAVE BEEN SPRAYED WITH A CHEMICAL THAT WHEN INTRODUCED TO HEAT OF A HOME EMITS AN OBNOXIOUS SMELL."
What do the trees smell like?
It's obnoxious, it's a sulfur smell, it smells like rotten eggs and rotten fish, says the Mayor.
Since introducing the smell factor and the sign, the mayor says he has not lost a tree since.