With photo: Builder of 'obscene snowman' isn't upset police told him to destroy it
A man who helped build a snow sculpture depicting a penis in the front yard of his Ypsilanti home Monday says he did it for entertainment and isn’t upset police told him to destroy it after a woman found it offensive.
“A lot of people thought it was hilarious,” said 20-year-old Mike Scoffins of South Lyon, who is a junior at Eastern Michigan University.
Police responded toÂ Scoffins'Â North Summit Street home about 3:31 p.m. Tuesday after someone called to report an “obscene snowman,” a police incident log said.
Scoffins said the woman complained the 6-foot-tall sculpture was offensive and some "kids were asking about it," so she had to explain it.
A police officer toldÂ ScoffinsÂ he had to destroy it, which he did as the officer watched, he said. Shortly after, another person showed up in a city of Ypsilanti vehicle to ensure it was destroyed, he said.
Scoffins and his roommate spent 45 minutes building it and simply wanted to take some photographs, he said.
It wasn't his goal to offend anyone, he said, noting anyone passing by his house wouldn't be able to tell what it was at "a quick glance."