Just when you thought you’ve seen or heard everything, this happens.
A 64-year-old woman in Kent, Washington set fire to a Dollar Tree because she was upset that there were no shopping carts. Not only did the woman set fire to the store, endangering the lives of employees and others who were in the shopping center, she announced what she was going to do, did it, then hung around to take pictures.
Linda Katherine Poplawski,64, has been charged by the King County Prosecutor’s Office with first-degree arson.
Poplawski, according to court documents, “became upset about there being no shopping carts at the Dollar Tree Store.” She told employees that she was going to burn the store down before she left. She then returned, went to an area of the store where there were greeting cards, then proceeded to walk out and let employees know that the store was on fire.
Employees attempted to put the fire out to no success. The blaze burned for 24 hours. It was a three-alarm fire that took 75 firefighters to put it out. Not only was the Dollar Tree destroyed, with the roof collapsing, several other businesses in the shopping mall, including a tobacco shop, post office, beauty shop, specialty food store and gym, were destroyed as well.
Court documents also detail Poplawski’s actions after she set fire to the store, hanging around like a voyeur and taking pictures.
“The defendant had stayed at the location of the fire and was apparently taking pictures and video of the fire as it continued to burn. The defendant was found to have a lighter on her person and a lighter in her purse.”
Bail for Poplawski, who had no prior arrests, has been set at $225,000.