Florida Man Friday: Is It Still Armed Robbery When the Weapon Is an Office Supply?

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On this week’s Florida Man Friday we have the curious case of the armed robber who wasn’t, what happens when someone becomes emotionally attached to drain pipes, and North Carolina Man showing Florida Man how it’s really done.

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Florida Woman pulled from storm drain for third time in 2 years

Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times can only be Florida Woman.

Here’s the happenstance:

Florida Woman was pulled from a storm drain for the third time in just over two years on Wednesday.

Delray Beach police said they responded to a call of someone possibly in distress while swimming in a canal near Lindell Boulevard.

Fell into a storm drain? Sure, could happen to anybody. Happens all the time. Maybe, I suppose.

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But this doesn’t: “The woman refused to come out and began crawling farther into the pipe, officers said.”

Wut?

Firefighters managed to get Florida Woman contained between two sections of the drain pipe and then used a ladder and rescue harness to remove her. The story doesn’t say if she resisted, but she seems so at home down there that it’s easy to imagine she did.

Now for the coincidence:

Police said Florida Woman was also rescued from a storm drain in March 2021.

According to WPTV, she was reported missing by her boyfriend in March 2021. 20 days later, fire rescue crews found her stuck in a storm drain.

FW told officials that she entered the drain system after swimming in a canal but later got lost and wandered through the tunnels for weeks.

Weeks? What did she eat all that time? Never mind. Nobody wants to know.

But now for the Only Florida Woman moment: “Two months after that incident, the news station reported that police in Texas said FW was missing. She was later found in a storm drain in Grand Prairie, Texas.”

For what might be the first time in Florida Man Friday history, I got nothin’. I can’t even think of an It joke, this is so weird.

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

SCORE: Water Hazard, Recidivism, 3 bonus points for WTF Were You Even THINKING?
TOTAL: 5 FMF Points.


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Florida Man wearing ankle monitor arrested for burglary and grand theft

You’ve just been ordered to wear an ankle tracking monitor while you await trial for grand theft auto. What are you going to do next?

Go to Disney World?

No, don’t be silly. Florida man is going on another crime spree:

Surveillance video from Jan. 7 allegedly shows Florida Man with others outside of a home near Dante Fascell Park in South Miami.

One of the members of the group is seen using a rock to break a hurricane resistant glass door, WPLG reported, as a family was asleep inside.

Once inside, detectives said, the “crew” located a Mercedes-Benz with a key fob, and tried to get keys to a parked Bentley.

“I got caught trying to steal another car” is not a very effective defense during your trial for stealing the first car.

Anyway, those tricksy police were somehow able to track down their man, who is now charged with “eight counts of burglary, two counts of first-degree grand theft, two counts each of second- and third-degree grand theft of a vehicle, armed grand theft of a vehicle and criminal mischief.”

SCORE: Getting Caught Stupidly, Vehicular Madness, Caught on Video, and I have to award a first-ever two points for Recidivism because you know this is far from the end of this guy’s criminal antics.
RUNNING TOTAL: 10 FMF Points.


She told her boyfriend she wanted to go to a strip club. Then came violence, cops say

I won’t bore you with the details of this case because they’re just a bit dull and tawdry.

I will say two things about it, though.

The first is that when your lady wants you to take her to a strip club, take her.

The second is that the couple’s fight took place at a restaurant/bar called Nauti Parrot Tiki Hut, which has now been added to my bucket list because of the name alone.

SCORE: Strip Club, Drugs/Alcohol, Bar Fight (new category!).
RUNNING TOTAL: 13 FMF Points.


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The Most Bitchin’ Flame Decals Ever

(Courtesy of local authorities.)
Flaming Corvette whizzes by police in Bradenton

Your typical driver, seeing flames coming from the hood of the car, pulls over at once. Florida Man waits for the police.

Seriously.

Florida Man was driving through Bradenton, apparently nonchalantly, when police “spotted an older-model Chevrolet Corvette driving, on fire.” They had to run him down on foot and gesture, probably wildly, at him to get him to pull over.

The fire department showed up and, with less trouble than it takes to coax Florida Woman from a drain pipe, extinguished the flames.

WFLA didn’t report anything about Florida Man being intoxicated, which boggles the mind.

SCORE: Vehicular Madness, Police Chase, WTF Were You Even THINKING?
RUNNING TOTAL: 16 FMF Points.


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Florida Man tries robbing Publix with stapler, police say

In Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne was so eager to get into the fight as Batman that his first night out was kind of a hot mess. His outfit wasn’t even half complete, he hadn’t figured out how to make those silent exits without nearly breaking bones, and at one point he even used a stapler to make Lt. Gordon think he had a gun.

That’s some solid storytelling.

Florida Man, not so much.

He went into a Publix and handed a worker a note that said, “I have a gun with me and put the money in the bag.”

The gun was a stapler.

All for naught, though, because the Publix employee “pretended to help a co-worker and called for help.”

Nonplussed, Florida Man walked out and was later tracked down by police, only then trying to get rid of the incriminating note.

He was already out on bail for something else, but it’s icky and I’m not going to tell you about it.

SCORE: Stupid Crime, Getting Caught Stupidly, Weapon (Preferably Unsusual), Recidivism.
RUNNING TOTAL: 20 FMF Points.


Previously on Florida Man Friday: The Car Thief With the Shooting Pain Down His Leg

So How Did Florida Man Do This Week?

Five scored stories, 20 points, and a very solid 4.0 average.

Nice week, but wait’ll you see this week’s “elsewhere” closing story.

Meanwhile, in North Carolina…

According Jeremy’s summary of the report:

  • The tractor hit at least two vehicles and pushed a dumpster into a church
  • Police used stop sticks (THEY WERE INEFFECTIVE)
  • Police then SHOT OUT A TIRE (that also did not work)
  • The guy finally jumped off the tractor wielding a knife but was no match for a Taser

Can we all just admit that North Carolina Man bested Florida Man this week?

I think we must.

That means 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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