Thursday, March 15, 2012

Ypsilanti's Bill Riney: A wage slave version of Don Quixote

That's Riney on the left.
Ypsilanti Township's Bill Riney is a political agitator, unsuccessful political candidate, and free hot-dog philanthropist, who earns his living as a self-employed lawn mower, handy-man, runner-of-errands, snow shoveler, and jack-of-all-trades.

Riney's biggest stunt so far was when on Labor Day 2010 he climbed to the top of the Washtenaw County Building in downtown Ann Arbor, and which required both the AAFD high-ladder unit and the AAPD SWAT team to get Bill down. That stunt cost Riney some jail time and an $830 fine & court costs (the DA had asked for $19,000, so there's that).

I wish all of our local politicians were as interesting as Riney.