The Bizarre World of Florida

Man critically injured after being run over by street sweeper … he was the driver July 23, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:41 pm

A worker was seriously injured Tuesday morning in St. Petersburg after being run over by a street sweeper he was operating.

Street-sweeper-722According to St. Petersburg police, 54-year-old Mark John Tucker, of Tarpon Springs, suffered upper torso injuries in the accident at Jefferson Circle North and Fourth Street North. The accident happened just after 8 a.m. as the sweeper operator was attempting to get on the vehicle, police say.

The vehicle began to move as the man attempted to climb on, causing him to fall. The vehicle continued moving and ran over the man’s upper body.

Tucker was rushed to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with what appeared to be critical injuries, according to police.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the accident.


Woman discovered sleeping in a car wearing only her lingerie tries to run over a cop in one of the most Florida stories ever

fl-suzanne-morales-20140722Police in Boca Raton said they found a woman sleeping in her car wearing only lingerie, and when they asked her to get out of her car, she tried to run over an officer.

Police said just before 10 a.m. on Monday, they got a call about a woman sleeping in the parking garage of Nordstrom, 5820 West Glades Road, at the Town Center at Boca Raton.

Officers found Suzanne Morales, 45, sleeping in the car. They knocked on the car window, but Morales woke up and locked her car doors. Officers asked her to step outside the car, but she refused, according to an arrest report.

Police also said they could smell alcohol and suspected she might be drunk, according to the report.

They told Morales if she continued to refuse, they would knock out her window. She started the car and tried to drive in reverse, almost hitting one of the officers. She then hit a police cruiser and was trapped, according to the report.

Morales is charged with obstructing an officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.


Man had violent tantrum when told store didn’t sell booze

Police say a 54-year-old Ocala man upset that a Walgreens did not sell alcoholic beverages was arrested after causing a disturbance.

sfl-flduh-tantrum-walgreens-booze-20140722-001Officer Jared Forsyth went to the store at 807 E. Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala after a report of an intoxicated man causing a disturbance and refusing to leave the property.

Forsyth found the man, later identified as Joby Sullivan, standing on the sidewalk in front of the store, screaming and swinging his shirt at a Walgreens employee, according to an Ocala Police Department report. Sullivan cursed at the other employees, threatening to fight them.

The officer approached Sullivan from behind and arrested him. Sullivan then threatened the officer and a supervisor who showed up at the scene, the report states.

Employees said Sullivan had been digging through the garbage when an employee saw what he was doing and told him to leave, the report states. Sullivan then walked into the store, telling employees he was wanted to buy some alcohol.

When told the store didn’t sell alcoholic beverages, he began yelling at them, according to police.

As Sullivan was being put in a patrol car, he kicked Forsyth in the stomach, the report states. He was then detained without further incident and taken to the Marion County Jail.

He was charged with disorderly intoxication, battery on a law enforcement official and resisting arrest without violence.


77 year-old man attacked by …. a naked man

sfl-flduh-naked-man-attacked-20140722-001Collier County deputies say an elderly Naples resident was attacked and wrestled to the ground by a naked man Monday night.

The incident unfolded when the 77-year-old victim went to check on a disturbance he heard outside his apartment on Palm Street.

The victim said he heard loud thumping and banging next door, so he yelled: “Can I help you?” He told deputies that’s when the chaos began.

Almost immediately after stepping outside, the victim said a naked man punched him in the face and wrestled him to the ground without warning. The victim was able to run away and call deputies.

When deputies responded, they say the man was still naked and several liquour bottles were scattered through the apartment. Deputies say he was asked to put on clothes, but refused to do so. Deputies say the suspect cursed at them — at one point saying, “Stupid [expletive]! Don’t know why I’m here!”

The suspect — identified as 28-year-old Andrew Restrepo — appeared to be under the influence, deputies say.

Deputies continued to question the suspect, who they say became even more belligerent. Restrepo was then placed under arrest and taken to the Naples Jail Center.

According to the arrest report, the suspect is the boyfriend of the tenant who lives at the residence next to the victim.


From paradise to the pokey: Couple charged with having sex on the beach

A man and a woman were arrested on charges of having sex in public on Cortez Beach on Sunday night, according to the Bradenton Beach Police Department.

sfl-flduh-sex-beach-cortez-20140722-001A witness called police and said she saw Elissa Alvarez, 20, and Jose Caballero, 39, fondling each other and eventually having sex on a sheet next to her at 8:36 p.m. Sunday in the 500 block of Gulf Drive on Cortez Beach, according to a report.

Six other people filled out complaints in connection to the incident, and the original witness told police she was especially upset because her 4-year-old daughter had witnessed the couple’s activities, according to the report.

One witness filmed the two on a camera phone as evidence for police, who took the two into custody and charged them both with lewd and lascivious exhibition, according to police records.

Both were taken to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office jail and are currently out on $7,500 bond each.

Caballero has multiple charges on his record stemming from past drug use.



There Is More Than One ‘Bikini Body’ And Every Woman Has One July 22, 2014

Filed under: Interesting,OK Then .....,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:42 pm

Amini Terrell did something that she knew would get attention last week. On Hollywood Boulevard, she decided to strip down to a bikini and strut down the road.

She is 260 pounds and wanted to show others that beauty applies to every shape and size.

n-139804446-large570While Fox News filmed her there were plenty of comments. One man claimed to have lost his appetite by viewing Amini in a bikini. One man said that she is the definition of sexy. One woman thanked her for doing it and one woman said it was embarrassing.

Everyone is going to have a different opinion on this topic. It just showed me one thing: Everyone has a “bikini body,” and there is no need to shame yourself into thinking you do not.

“Bikini Body” has got to be one of the worst self-image sayings out there. The media makes it out to be a myth. A goal for every summer. No one truly has the bikini body that fitness/health publications talk about because it is not real. It is fictional. Yet, they give you just a few easy steps to get the body “they” want… not the one you want.

It is to shame others to lose weight. You always hear you have to lose weight now because “bikini season” is right around the corner.

And so is Baskin Robbins.

IMG_1620-300x210As writer Carla Birnberg says, “If we want a beach body, we put on a swim suit and head to the beach.”

They make numerous sizes of bikinis for a reason. It is not one size. Amini did not have hers custom-made.

So, I agree that every body is a “bikini body.” It is hard to believe it sometimes.

I also believe that if a 370-pound woman walked in a bikini on Hollywood Boulevard, she would have gotten the same reaction. Same with a 110-pound woman. Some would lose their appetite, some would say “that defines sexy,” some would thank the woman and some would find it embarrassing.

That is just how people are.

OK, so I do not wear a bikini, but I know what it is like to want to lose weight. I want to do it quickly for the summer and I find the diet with the most results and then I eat less and then…


If you want to get healthy, do it for you. If you want to lose weight, do it for you.

Amini just said if you want to wear a bikini, do it for you.

Because if people say you are too fat to wear one, then you will lose weight. Once you lose weight they will say you are too flat-chested for one and then get surgery. Once you have Double D’s they will say you do not have a butt for one so you will have more surgery. Then you will not be tan enough or tall enough or shapely enough.

When is enough… enough?

There is only one opinion that matters. Because no matter how much weight you lose or how defined you get, people will always have their opinions.

The only one that matters is yours.

And today you have a “bikini body”


Welcome to college … Your room assignment is in a bathroom or closet

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Funny,OK Then .....,Silly,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:36 pm

At least two students planning to live at UCF this fall were surprised to learn recently that they were mistakenly assigned to live in a bathroom or closet, according to the student publication KnightNews.com.

ucf-housing-bathroom-dorm-mistakeIncoming freshman Ashlyn TenBieg told KnightNews.com that she became concerned because she had received a room assignment from the University of Central Florida but no information about roommates. When she called the school, someone in the campus housing department gave her some puzzling news.

“[She] told me that they mistakenly placed me in a bathroom and that I will get a new assignment,” TenBieg told KnightNews.com.

UCF spokeswoman Courtney Gilmartin told the Orlando Sentinel that a “handful” of students planning to live in the new Neptune housing community were assigned to rooms that do not exist. She blamed a computer-programming glitch.

Gilmartin said those students’ room assignments have been corrected. No student actually moved into a bathroom or closet, she said. Most students won’t move into their campus dorm rooms and apartments until mid-August.

“It’s completely fixed and this won’t happen again,” Gilmartin said.



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