Burning Down Home Depot Will Not Help Save Your Friend's Hardware Store

We do enjoy hearing stories about friends who go the extra mile to help each other out. There is also something to be said for helping out a local business in favor of a national retail chain. However, it’s probably not in anyone’s best interest to try to burn the bigger store to the ground.

A Washington state man charged with attempting to set fire to a Tacoma Home Depot told police it was all done in the name of defending his friend’s hardware store.

“I am upset with Home Depot because they are making business difficult for my friend,” reads the man’s confession. “I know there are people in the store now… I don’t want to hurt them, but I have to get their mother (expletive) attention. I only set one fire, but I want to set a couple more.”

According to SeattlePI.com, shortly before the suspect lit two separate fires — neither of which did any real damage — he had complained to Home Depot staffers about what the store was doing to his friend’s business.

Oddly enough, that particular hardware store is actually in Illinois.

Both fires were extinguished by the time firefighters arrived on the scene, but when the man was confronted to police he allegedly told them, “I am going to burn Home Depot to the mother (expletive) ground.”

Charge: Man tried to torch Home Depot to help friend [SeattlePI.com]