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Man charged with damaging downtown Raleigh planters

Posted October 4, 2011
Updated October 5, 2011

— Police said Tuesday that they have charged a man with damaging several large planters on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh last week.

Omar Rhasheen Simmons, 29, was charged with injury to real property.

Police said he knocked 10 planters off their bases last Wednesday morning, causing an estimated $50,000 in damage


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  • bigal02282 Oct 5, 2011

    @seankelly15... it was sarcasm, purely and intentionally sarcastic.... not one single thing I said could be considered factual... all purely sarcastic... sarcasm, as heavy as molasses dripping down slowly on a cold winters day.

  • seankelly15 Oct 5, 2011

    bigal02282 - "You folks are missing some of the facts here about the $50K..."

    There wasn't a single "factual" statement in your assessment...

  • ligonmaterial23 Oct 5, 2011

    bigal02282 .... you nailed it .

  • meohmy4 Oct 5, 2011

    Why are we making this issue about the PLANTERS? An almost 30 year old man knocked over 10 planters! The mentality of a 12 year old. He's disgraced the same city/state that probably pays for his housing, food, healthcare and illegal drugs. Yuck...what a sad life.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 5, 2011

    Planter "cost" surely includes finding appropriately-sized planters, purchasing them, getting them delivered (by a truck with a crane), finding appropriate dirt & fertilizer and getting it delivered, designing plant layout for each planter, procuring plants & getting them from nursery to planter, installing plants, possibly installing irrigation,.....

  • bigal02282 Oct 5, 2011

    You folks are missing some of the facts here about the $50K...
    Fixing or replacing the planters themselves is about $14. Then you have the Supervisor Salary to pay.. $7K. Then the 4 assistant supervisors @$5K each. The 14 workers sitting around @$2K each. And the actual man doing the job for minimum wage. Plus the cost of gas and diesel for the 12 round trips to the job site... The advertising in all of the local media to inform them of a detour if they happen to be planning on walking past this area during the two weeks it will take to complete the job. And of course all of the minor "out of pocket" expenses to reimburse the employees for while they are on the job site. It adds up pretty fast!

  • ldestefano63 Oct 5, 2011

    He must have been on something to get his adrenaline up - those planters are solid concrete and the base fits into a steel post so just walking by and pushing them over is not possible at all.

  • Frank Downtown Oct 5, 2011

    Ufortunaley, you can no longer lock crazy people up unless they prove dangerous to themselves or others.

  • YNCSW51 Oct 5, 2011

    This guy has a serious problem not sure locking him up is the answer may need some intervention to get to the root cause of his problem. Not excusing him for what he did but there is something deeper going on with this guy. Hope he gets the help he needs and become a productive contributor to society.

  • Holli0224 Oct 5, 2011

    Wouldn't be so bad if the planters weren't worth $50,000!!! Am I the only one who thinks that's RIDICULOUS?!