A week before the landmark structure’s 80th anniversary, a couple of miscreants scaled to the top of the Golden Gate Bridge and dangled off the cables. Egads. The entire episode was caught on camera and now the city is livid with the extreme duo.
The suspects, Peter Teatime and Tommy Rector, went through a fenced off area to access the bridge cables. “Guys, we’ve just made it to the top,” says one of the teens in the video, adding, “It’s so beautiful up here.”
Teatime and Rector, both of whom hail from the Midwest, seem pretty proud of their stunt, illegality be damn. “We did it about a month ago, at the beginning of April. There was not a lot of thinking. There’s the bridge, let’s do it," Teatime beamed to KPIX/CBS 5.
The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District was none too pleased about the action of these hooligans. At a press conference today, per ABC 7, General Manager Dennis Mulligan has some choice words for the daredevils, saying. “The Golden Gate Bridge is not an amusement park ride, it is vital public infrastructure and it's a symbol of our community. People should not come here and use it in ways for which it is not intended. They should not put themselves and others at risk. And if they do, we will bring the full consequences that we can, both civilly and criminally, to bear upon them."
The two, who should be arrested any moment now, could face jail time and/or fines. As SFist points out, “Trespassing on any not-publicly-accessible part of any bridge in the state of California comes with a possible fine of $10,000 and up to a year in county jail, following a law that was passed back in 1997.”
Here’s video of the two scaling the bridge.
This isn’t the first (or last) time someone did something questionable with San Francisco structures. Earlier this year, two men were arrested after parachuting from the top of the Union Square Hilton at 333 Ellis.
It should go without saying but: Please don’t do this, folks.