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Illegal Trash Dumper Leaves Witty Nod to Arlo Guthrie Song

The mystery person left references to Guthrie's 1967 song "Alice's Restaurant Massacree"

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Whoever dumped trash at the building made famous in Arlo Guthrie's 1967 Thanksgiving protest anthem "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" has a sense of humor.

The director of what's now the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts discovered Tuesday someone had filled the dumpster with garbage and left a grubby sofa nearby.

They also left a sign that said: "Officer Obie told me to do it."

The sign was a reference to former Stockbridge Police Chief William Obanhein, the Officer Obie of the song who arrested Guthrie for illegally dumping trash.

Guthrie, who was traveling Tuesday, said in a note to The Berkshire Eagle through a family member, "I hope they left an envelope with some money in it."

According to the song, an envelope with a name on it led to Guthrie's arrest.

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