SAVANNAH, GEORGIA — As you know, this country’s war monuments are its “patriots’s pride and joy. Well, hilariously, someone got the bright idea to add a bit of visual flare to one of them.
The City of Savannah definitely didn’t think they’d wake up to see its beloved Nathanael Greene — Revolutionary War general and George Washington trusted adviser — busting guts as onlookers laugh until tears pour.
On Thursday, October 11, the City took to its Facebook, wanting immediate answers.
“Who did this?! Someone placed googly eyes on our historic #NathanaelGreene statue in #JohnsonSquare. It may look funny but harming our historic monuments and public property is no laughing matter, in fact, it’s a crime. We are hoping to find the person responsible! If you have information, please call Savannah Police Department.”
— Anton Daceyah (@AntonDaceyah) October 14, 2018
The source says passers-by weren’t able to see the eyes from afar. However, the closer they approached, the “googlier” the eyes appeared — striking their funny bones with a look, seemingly wondering how he ended up in this century.
According to Washington Post, several people have commented on the situation. Many ponder why Savannah officials didn’t simply take the eyes off the monument and go about their day. Now, with this going viral, the public thinks there will be copycats that will attempt something similar.
“So I’m not a part of this community or anything, but you guys do realize you just dared your entire city to googly eyes all of your monuments right?” Facebook user Greg Lamb mentioned, as reports the Post. “Just pick the eyes off and move on.”
The source says another person asked who was Greene. But, it turned out to only be part of a joke once the person stated:
“Nevermind. I’ll Googly him.”
According to Buzzfeed News, Savannah police spokeswoman Bianca Johnson said they luckily caught the situation before it got out of hand.
However, that’s not what everyone else thinks of it. As aforementioned, it’s possible the City just instigated more pranksters to come out the woodwork with copy cat attempts to hit more historical landmarks in a similar way.
Nevertheless, Johnson states the department is reviewing surveillance footage regarding the incident. If anyone will be charged with a crime, Johnson says it will most likely be “trespassing.”
While the pranksters didn’t do any damage to Greene’s monument, Johnson mentioned the following statement concerning the circumstance.
“We want people to understand we don’t want to see this kind of thing happening. They need to know they can’t go around doing whatever they want to our statues.”
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[Featured Photo via City of Savannah / Facebook]