Post-Tort Christmas Tree

from Times Online via Overlawyered

Shoppers stared in bemusement at the mysterious object that landed in a shopping precinct in Poole, Dorset, this week. Some compared it to a giant traffic cone, a witch's hat or a cheap special effect from an early episode of Doctor Who.

The 33ft structure turned out to be their Christmas tree, designed according to the principles of health and safety, circa 2009.

Thus it has no trunk so it won't blow over, no branches to break off and land on someone's head, no pine needles to poke a passer-by in the eye, no decorations for drunken teenagers to steal and no angel, presumably because it would need a dangerously long ladder to place it at the top....

The tree was commissioned by the Poole Town Centre Management Board because of fears that a real one would pose a hazard to shoppers.


  1. Michael:

    Next we'll have the EPA declare trees a threat to co2 and order them cleared.

  2. David:

    Washington DC has a couple of these in Georgetown - my friends and I refer to them as the "festive holiday cones."

  3. ap:

    A Festivus pole would be more festive.

  4. Jeff:

    It looks like astro-turf stapled to a cone.

    What a sad state the UK has sunk to...

  5. Auto Repair Mesa:

    good one, yes you are correct