The 18-year-old who goes by the name Peter Teatime (not his real name?) is making the media rounds following the video he made with a friend going viral featuring them climbing to the top of one of the Golden Gate Bridge towers. And he tells ABC 7 that he'd been happy to offer his consulting services to the bridge authority or Homeland Security to help them prevent other people from doing what he did.
Authorities are now scrambling to explain how the two Wisconsin teens, who got up onto one of the main cables of the bridge on a spring break lark last month, managed to evade all the bridge's security measures and were, in fact, never seen or detected.
In a Facetime conversation with ABC 7's Lyanne Melendez, Teatime says that he and pal Tommy Rector didn't come to San Francisco with this particular feat in mind. "We really didn't know we were going to climb it but once we got there, we were like 'Yeah we're gonna climb it,'" he says. He and his friend also said they were surprised by how easy it was to get up there. And despite footage of them staking out the area and apparently jumping a fence during daylight, he says this footage was all shot at 3 a.m.
Bridge District General Manager Denis Mulligan gave a press conference alongside the CHP Tuesday explaining that the teens were successful because they weren't sneaking around any particularly vulnerable spots on the bridge I guess structurally? See if this is convincing, because I think those main cables are pretty important:
"In many areas where you could hurt the bridge, we have different types of sensors that trigger an alarm, there is an audible and then that camera pops up on the big screen. Where these individuals were and what they were engaged in could not have harmed the bridge, so it did not trigger alarms."
ABC 7 also found a retired FBI agent, Rick Smith, to whom they showed the video footage for his reaction. "It's a wake-up call," he says. "It allows you to look over the entire security plan for the bridge."
"I want to assure you the bridge is safe," said Lisa Locati, the CHP Golden Gate Bridge captain, at yesterday's news conference.
Teatime, a senior in high school, doesn't seem concerned about the possible legal implications of all this state law stipulates up to a $10,000 fine and one year of jail time for trespassing on a restricted area of a bridge. Maybe he's hoping his consulting service fee will offset any fines? Or that all the respect this will get him from potential sexual partners in college will make it all worth it?
"I've been doing this type of stuff my whole life, so to me it wasn't too hard," He tells ABC 7. "I think we're the first to ever do flips up there," he boasts.
His friend Rector, who's apparently in his 20s, spoke to the Chronicle by phone and said, "We're not trying to hide from [authorities] in any way. There's no reason to treat us like criminals. We're not criminals, just a couple of kids from Wisconsin who like to climb things."
Rector adds, trying to strike an adult tone, "They're not entirely wrong when they say we are daredevils. We don't want to promote this kind of behavior."