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Bad Apples

News of the Weird

By News of the Weird

Published July 18, 2020

 Bad Apples

The Gatlinburg SkyBridge in Tennessee was closed on June 15 after a guest at SkyLift Park attempted to execute a baseball-style slide across the glass panels in the middle of the bridge and a piece of metal on the guest's clothing chipped and cracked the top layer of glass.

According to WBIR, multiple signs warn against "running, jumping or bouncing" on the SkyBridge, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America.

Park spokesman Marcus Watson said the top layer of glass serves only as protection for the other two layers and the cracks didn't affect the span's structural integrity.

Workers replaced the layer of glass with cedar planks and the bridge has been reopened. [WBIR, 6/16/2020]

The U.S. Forest Service is investigating a photo posted by David Lesh, 35, on Instagram showing him walking on a log across Hanging Lake in Garfield County, Colorado, in defiance of clearly posted rules prohibiting people from entering the water there.

The post blew up with criticisms, but Lesh fired back, challenging others to walk on the log and even defecate in the lake.

KDVR reported Lesh has a history of run-ins with authorities, including being cited for harassing a moose with his car in 2014 and setting 25 grocery carts on fire in Boulder, Colorado.

Earlier this year he was caught snowmobiling in the Keystone ski area when the slopes were shut down because of COVID-19.

On June 16 he was ordered to pay $500 and do 50 hours of community service for another snowmobiling incident from 2019. [KDVR, 6/16/2020]