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Frustrated Traveler with OCD Arrested for Trying to Move the Leaning Tower of Pisa Upright

In a bizarre turn of events, an American tourist was arrested last week for attempting to straighten the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. The woman, identified as 35-year-old Sarah Jellers from Omaha, Nebraska, suffers from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and claimed that the iconic Italian landmark’s tilt was causing him unbearable distress.

According to eyewitness accounts, Jellers was spotted pacing around the base of the tower, muttering about “perfectly aligned bricks” and “symmetry gone wrong.” As onlookers watched in disbelief, she proceeded to wrap a heavy-duty ratchet strap around the tower and secured it to a rented tractor parked nearby. Ignoring the frantic shouts of concerned tourists and local authorities, Jellers then attempted to pull the tower upright by driving the tractor away from the monument.

Fortunately, police officers and security personnel intervened in time to prevent any damage to the historic structure. They arrested Jellers, who, while being led away, continued to insist that the Leaning Tower of Pisa was a “symmetrical abomination” that needed to be “fixed immediately.”

Local officials and preservationists have expressed relief that the tower was not harmed during the incident. “The Leaning Tower of Pisa is an important symbol of our city’s heritage,” said a representative from Pisa’s Office of Tourism. “We understand that it may cause some visitors discomfort due to its unique tilt, but we urge everyone to appreciate it for the architectural marvel that it is.”

In response to the incident, the Italian government has announced plans to increase security around the tower and to launch a new tourism campaign emphasizing the importance of respecting cultural and historical landmarks.

Meanwhile, Jellers has been released on bail and is awaiting trial for her misguided attempt at architectural “correction.” Her lawyer has indicated that they will be arguing for leniency due to Smith’s OCD and his genuine belief that she was trying to “save” the tower.

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