Florida Man Friday: He Was Nearly Transitioned by Gunfire

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On this week’s Florida Man Friday we have the world’s most painful non-surgical procedure, how not to make a getaway, and the assault weapon no police wanted to collect for evidence.

Florida Man Friday and the Carjacked Getaway Vehicle
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Florida Man arrested after using Uber to rob Iowa bank, carjacked driver

The first James Bond movie I remember seeing as a kid was Goldfinger, and Bond’s heavily modified Aston-Martin DB5 left an impression that lingers to this day.

What was the coolest mod? The flippy license plates? The bulletproof shield? The machine guns hidden behind the headlights? The oil slicks? The tire shredders? The ejector seat?

Of course it’s the ejector seat. None of us here are fools.

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But I always did have a fondness for the license plates that would flip around to new numbers at the flick of a switch. “Sorry, sir,” the police officer would probably say after pulling him over. “Turns out we were looking for a different DB5. They’re very common here in Monaco.”

At which point, Bond would make his getaway.

Here’s a question Florida Man should have asked himself a few hours before his latest exploit: How do you make your getaway in a car you summoned with your traceable smartphone, and whose driver’s company has all of your personal information, including your mugshot?

I mean headshot.

I mean mugshot — eventually.

Here’s what happened:

Florida Man has been arrested for the robbery of a Des Moines bank on Wednesday.

Right after the robbery, authorities say he pulled a gun on the Uber driver that drove him to the bank and stole the driver’s car, and then headed north on I-35.

Florida Man booking the Uber in the first place was a key piece of evidence that helped authorities track his route.

You don’t say.

From there, Florida Man attempted to flee to Canada and, having been to Des Moines in the summer, I can’t entirely blame him.

As always, one point is awarded in each FMF category except when I say differently.

SCORE: Getting Caught Stupidly, Weapon, Fleeing, WTF Were You Even THINKING?
TOTAL: 4 FMF Points.

I’m a little shocked that no drugs were reported involved.


Nearly Transitioned by Gunfire

Florida deputies open fire, transitioning an armed arson suspect into a detainee

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd always gives the best press conferences, and this one I missed during the Thanksgiving madness is no exception.

“We’ve changed the looks of his groin forever, if you know what I mean,” Judd told the press after a particularly exciting run-in with Florida Man.

Florida Man was allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails at a residence with a family inside which, much to his surprise, caught the sheriff department’s attention.

He fled, the deputy chased, and the deputy performed one of those cool precision immobilization technique moves. The truck was pretty smashed up, and somebody’s wrist was broken in the PIT — although the story didn’t make clear whose.

Florida Man pulled over — there was a dinosaur statue from a theme park involved, I swear — armed to the teeth.

“Three deputies began shooting,” the story says. “The suspect was struck twice in the right leg, once in the left leg, and once in the groin.”

His outie was almost made an innie.

SCORE: Stupid Crime, Police Chase, Vehicular Madness, Weapon, Theme Park, 1 bonus point for getting the looks of his groin changed forever.
RUNNING TOTAL: 10 FMF Points.


Just. Go. Away.

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Florida Woman is suing Kraft for $5 million, saying Velveeta microwave mac and cheese takes longer to make than advertised

The government can’t buy anything at a reasonable price because of little things like cost-plus accounting, lack of competition, outright corruption, etc.

Citizens can’t buy much at a reasonable price because of people like this:

The product’s instructions say to microwave the cup for 3½ minutes. But Ramirez’s attorneys argue this number doesn’t account for the other four steps required to prepare the pasta: removing the lid and sauce pouch, adding water, microwaving, and stirring, according to court documents. The additional steps mean it’s impossible for the mac and cheese to be ready in just three and a half minutes, according to the complaint.

Let her starve.

SCORE: 3 points for Chutzpah that I feel resentment for having to award.
RUNNING TOTAL: 13 FMF Points.


That’s Not Where You Put That

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Florida Man Accused of Hitting Girlfriend with ‘Sex Toy’ During Drunken Thanksgiving Day Argument

“Pass the drumstick,” she said.

He heard something else.

Florida Man was arrested for allegedly battering his 33-year-old girlfriend with a sex toy following an argument on Thanksgiving Day. He was taken into custody on Thursday morning and charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic battery, court records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

Upon arriving at the motel, deputies allegedly learned that the 6-foot-2 300-pound man “actually and intentionally” struck the victim, his girlfriend and co-habitant, against her will when he “threw an object” at her “leaving [a] bruise on [her] torso,” the document states.

I’ve never been into those things, but it sounds to me like he was using it wrong.

SCORE: Weapon (preferably unusual), Domestic Bliss (new category!), Drugs/Alcohol (I’m forced to presume)
RUNNING TOTAL: 16 FMF Points.

You Cannot Steal What Is Already Yours

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Florida Man steals from Walmart store, tells police he owns company

It was worth a shot:

Florida Man was arrested after he was caught stealing clothes at a Walmart store in Gainesville city, a local TV station reported citing Gainesville Police Department records.

Officers responding to the supermarket behind Butler Plaza were told by Francis that he was the owner of the Walmart after a “hostile takeover”. The suspect said he had no regrets about stealing the clothes as he already owned the company.

Hostile? You bet.

SCORE: 3 Chutzpah points I’m quite happy to award
RUNNING TOTAL: 19 FMF Points.


Previously on Florida Man Friday: TSA Found a What in Her WHAT?

So How Did Florida Man Do This Week?

Five score stories, 19 points, for a solid 3.8 average.

Maybe not the highest-scoring week, but it’s certainly the first time FMF has used the headline, “Nearly Transitioned by Gunfire.”

Meanwhile, in California…

Semper fi:

A U.S. Marine Corps vet was the star of the show at the Laker game on Monday … when she filled her prosthetic leg with beer and chugged it on video!!

The whole thing was displayed on the scoreboard during L.A.’s matchup against the Indiana Pacers … when Annika Hutsler took advantage of her very first NBA game in epic fashion.

The fans in attendance clearly loved the stunt … cheering her on as she downed her drink.

Hoo-ah!

A story like that can mean only one thing: Florida Man has exactly one week to reclaim his crown of glory in time for the next exciting episode of…

Florida Man Friday!

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