(Gerald Martineau/THE WASHINGTON POST)

The city’s famed cherry blossoms will be in full bloom next week, which means thousands upon thousands of people walking along the Tidal Basin to take in the pinks and whites. For most people, a picture will suffice. For others, though, they simply need a souvenir.

An online survey conducted by the Crime Museum and published Monday found that 17 percent of respondents admitted to picking cherry blossoms off of the trees. Yes, this is an unscientific survey, but it doesn’t take a sleuth to find someone picking a blossom off of a tree.

People, just don’t do it. The practice is forbidden by the National Park Service, as we wrote last year, much as is hanging off of the trees. Plus, every time you pick a cherry blossom a puppy gets punched in the nose. It’s a horrible fact.

Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.