Start hanging a bunch of nooses in public view around your property as an accompaniment, however? That's just a wee bit harder to defend.
Yeah, that tree swing definitely isn't up to code.
That's Robert Tomanovich, proprietor of Robert's Discount Tree Service in Livonia, MI (note that MI stands for Michigan, not Alabama). Recently, Tomanovich's neighbors became understandably flustered when they noticed a hangman's rope dangling from a tree outside his home. When someone complained about it, that's when a second one appeared, this time at his nearby tree-service business. And even though nooses and trees do go together like the world's darkest s'mores, it's doubtful that the act was intended as a wacky advertisement.
This raised no small amount of concern among nearby residents, as expressed by one neighbor, who did an outstanding job of completely missing the point:
"It's a tree that is easily climbable. Any kid could climb the tree and hang himself."