(WASHINGTON) — With the National Park Service hamstrung by furloughs, a South Carolina man has taken it upon himself to do some grounds keeping at the Lincoln Memorial.
The man was spotted pushing a lawnmower and toting a chainsaw on the north side of the monument, doing the landscaping work that Park Service employees would normally do.
The U.S. Park Police told ABC News the man was “told to leave and he left.” The man was not arrested or fined for violating the official closure of the monument, said Sgt. Paul Brooks. No other information about the man was gathered, according to police. He did not finish moving the grass around the Lincoln Memorial, Brooks said.
His tasks apparently included clearing a large 12-inch thick branch that had fallen onto a tree-lined path near the reflecting pool and mowing the lawn around the Lincoln Memorial.
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