ARBY'S, TULANE & CENTRAL SE--A young woman sat calmly smoking her cigarette in the middle of Arby's patch of landscaping last week. Beside her was her wheeled suitcase...behind her, small tongues of orange flames licked the dry ground cover. A passerby on a motorcycle first thought she was having a cookout. But by the time he looked both ways up and down Tulane to cross the street, the flames were over her head. A few seconds later, only enough time to park his cycle and turn it off, the flames were shooting up twenty feet into the air.
The woman got up, reached over and extended the handle on her luggage, and pulled it over to a nearby fence. She sat down to smoke her cigarette and look over at the blazing brush and tree. Her face seemed to display no emotion, according to the biker.
"The people here care more about their landscaping than they do about ME!" she was heard to say. She told police she was from Ohio. Police also said there have been recent complaints here that landscaping features have been defaced, tipped over, and otherwise vandalized throughout the area.
The young woman was taken into custody. Arby's issued no formal statement that I heard about...although it was rumored that the incident really burned their buns.