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Man Goes To Hospital After Chewing On Rat’s Head Found In Golden Corral Chili October 22, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Disgusting,OK Then .....,Sad Story,Scary,Sick,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:22 pm

A diner at a Golden Corral said he received an unwelcome surprise in his chili – a dead rat.

Oh-HiBilly Wilson said it was the restaurant’s healthy options and friendly staff that kept him coming back. But Wednesday night’s chili dinner was his last.

“The first bite I took out of it was a crunch, and at the time I was like, maybe you know sometimes you get a hard bean inside of chili,” he said.

Wilson said what he immediately spat out was a gray rodent, which he thinks is a rat’s head with curly ears and a snaggletooth.

“When I saw it, I just went into the bathroom and threw up,” Wilson said. “I was like ‘ugh.’ I just couldn’t get the taste out of my mouth.”

He said that’s when his friends called the server. He said she called the manager who immediately addressed the complaint.

“He inspected and was like, ‘Wow that is a rat,” Wilson said. “So he took pictures of it, moved it around a little bit, took pictures in different angles. He was like me; he was horrified.”

Wilson said the restaurant comped his party’s meal, but the next day he felt queasy and went to the emergency room at Cape Coral Hospital.

Discharge documents showed Wilson was treated for gastroenteritis and prescribed medications for nausea and muscle spasms. In response to questions of making the story up, he said he would never do that.

“They have cameras in there and everything,” he said. “I’m scared of rats.”

The restaurant said in a statement it’s looking into the matter and has been unable to confirm the alleged incident.

“Normally you get cases like this, people take food somewhere else, open it up and something happens,” said Ray Racila, Wilson’s attorney. “This happened right in the restaurant where there’s no question what happened. The manager is right there.”

Wilson said he wonders what else was in his chili before he chomped on a head.

“Who’s to say that first bite wasn’t his foot,” he said.

 

Semi with 44,000-lbs. of Miller High Life beer swiped

Filed under: Bad Luck,Controversy,Robbers,Sad Story,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:19 pm

A truck driver broke down in tears on Tuesday while telling Channel 9 about the thieves who drove off with his semi full of beer from an Orange County truck stop.

sfl-flduh-miller-high-life-beer-20141021-001The victim’s truck and at least one other were swiped Monday from a truck stop on South Orange Blossom Trail.

Van Thomas was trying to live the American dream. After years as a trucker, he bought a semi three weeks ago and made a company of his own.

Thomas was traveling from Texas to Pompano Beach and was on his last stop before a delivery in Orlando when his entire truck and alcohol cargo was stolen.

“I don’t mean to cry about it but I’m just trying to do the best I can and make a better life,” Thomas told WFTV.

Inside the truck was 44,000 pounds of Miller High Life, which comes out to about 9,700 four-packs.

“It’s just so devastating to me,” said Thomas.

It’s not the first time a semi has been stolen in Florida. About 180,000 eggs were stolen earlier this year in Fort Myers. A truck with Hershey chocolate was also stolen in December in Volusia County, and a truck with Slimfast was swiped near downtown Orlando.

Just when Thomas thought he lost everything, he received a phone call telling him the truck and most of the cargo had been located.

“Oh, my God. That’s beautiful,” he said.

The call came in from detectives that the truck had been found in Miami.

There’s no word on whether the robbers knew “The Champagne of Beers” was inside at the time of the theft. Detectives are still trying to figure out who stole the two trucks and if they are part of a bigger ring.

 

Deputies use dogs, choppers before arresting man charged with stealing $4 pack of cigarettes

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Funny,OK Then .....,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:16 pm

An 18-year-old was arrested Tuesday morning on charges of stealing a $4 pack of cigarettes, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

sfl-flduh-cigarette-thief-20141021-001The 43-year-old victim was in a parking lot at 5137 14th St. W. in Bradenton at 9:11 a.m. when Shaquielle Olmeda ran by and snatched a pack of cigarettes out of the victim’s hand, according to a release.

Olmeda took off running south and the victim called law enforcement. Deputies used patrol units, dogs and helicopters to set up a perimeter, and eventually found Olmeda in the east parking lot of Magic Mile Plaza, on the northwest corner of 14th Street West and 53rd Avenue West.

The victim positively identified Olmeda and the pack of cigarettes was located on his person, deputies said.

Olmeda was arrested without further incident.

 

Drunken 500-pound man couldn’t fit into patrol car

Filed under: Drunk,Bizzarre,Florida Nut,WTF?,Controversy,Amazing,Funny,Alcohol — floridaduh @ 1:14 pm

A 911 dispatcher calmly gathered details from the Deltona woman who claimed she was just attacked by her 500-pound boyfriend — a belligerent man deputies later said was simply too big to fit into a patrol car.

os-howard-hendrix-20141021“He is drunk and he is just acting crazy,” the woman said before the dispatcher asked for a description of Howard Hendrix’s clothing.

“Right now, he’s not wearing anything,” the woman said Sunday from house she rents on Jutland Street on Sunday.

“He’s nude?” the dispatcher asked.

“Yes.”

Hendrix, 45, of Apopka was in the bathroom, freshly showered and naked, when a deputy arrived.

He agreed to the officer’s request to put his clothes on.

But then Hendrix began throwing his weight around — again, a report says.

Deputies cuffed him but Hendrix resisted, refusing to walk out the house and falling to the ground, forcing a deputy to drag him out of the house. He also kicked a deputy, a report says.

“Hendrix was to large to put in a patrol vehicle,” a deputy wrote in a report.

A prisoner transport van was called in and used to take Hendrix to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach, said Gary Davidson, a spokesman for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Hendrix is accused of attacking the 42-year-old woman, including poking her in the chest, slapping her in the face and shoulder and spitting in her face.

He also punched a hole in a wall and destroyed a chair, she said in her 911 call.

Hendrix was charged with simple battery (dating violence), criminal mischief, battery on a law enforcement officer, and resisting arrest without violence.

 

Boy, 13, stopped on I-75 driving a front end loader October 21, 2014

A 13-year-old boy was stopped Sunday on Interstate 75 while driving a front-end loader, reportedly in an attempt to travel to Fort Lauderdale.

sfl-flduh-front-end-loader-20141020-001According to a Marion County Sheriff’s Office report, the boy said he ran away from home Sunday morning and was looking for a vehicle he could take to South Florida so he could meet with a friend.

He came upon Magnum Construction at 4202 NW 27th Ave., Ocala, and saw a Mack truck, but could not find the keys. After searching the office, the boy got on one of the front-end loaders parked on the lot and started the vehicle. He drove through the locked front gate and headed down U.S. 27 until he got to the north entrance of I-75, according to the report.

The boy made it about three miles on the busy highway before he was stopped by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.

The front-end loader was recovered by the owner. The piece of equipment was not damaged and no one was injured.

The boy was charged with commercial burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. He was taken to the juvenile detention area at the Sheriff’s Office.

 

Man swiped hundreds of political signs, calling them blight

Filed under: Beautiful,Controversy,Funny,OK Then .....,WTF? — floridaduh @ 5:37 pm

It’s one of the most bizarre political stories this year.

35087134001_3848159873001_signs-6With the election just over two weeks away, charges are pending against a Hernando County man accused of stealing hundreds of political signs from the side of the road.

Steve Good is just tired of it.

“I see this as visual blight beyond anything that’s even remotely acceptable,” he said.

He says he sees hundreds of political signs near his house in Spring Hill.

“All I see is trash, on the street, of my home,” he said.

So, for the past few weeks, he says he’s been doing his part to clean up.

He’s doing so by taking down dozens and dozens of campaign signs and telling people all about it on Facebook.

From Rick Scott to Penny for projects, Good is accused of taking more than 200 political signs from 18 different candidates and causes. A total of $1,220 hundred dollars according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Department.

Detectives tracked Good down because of those Facebook posts. They say the signs were on property by permission.

“I’m upset that it’s gone this far,” said Good’s wife, Pauline.

She’s worried now that her husband could be facing charges.

“What goes around comes around. I am so disillusioned,” she said.

But what Steve Good says he wanted was simple.

“I wanted to drive down a street and not be outraged.”

The Goods were asked by detectives to give the stolen signs back. They did, all 244 of them at the sheriff’s department’s count.

Good says there were only 75 to 100.

Right now the case is being reviewed by the Hernando County State Attorney, and deputies say charges are pending, but to the candidates, Good says he’s not backing down without fight.

“Sorry, I’m not a sheep. Get the cattle prod out,” he said.

 

Man called it “extreme shopping,” women called it ‘flashing’

Christopher Durrell Glaze told Sanford police he was “extreme shopping” after he flashed two women at the Seminole Towne Center mall last week, an arrest report states.

sfl-flduh-extreme-shopping-flashing-20141020-001Two women reported seeing Glaze, 27, exposing himself at the mall Wednesday afternoon.

The first described doing a “double take” after Glaze flashed her. As she went to report what had happened, he walked into a Victoria’s Secret store, where he encountered another woman, “pulled down the front of his pants and exposed himself completely to her,” according to the arrest report.

Police interviewed Glaze, who eventually confessed to flashing the two women, the report says.

Glaze initially told an officer he was shopping.

Asked what kind of shopping, he said “extreme shopping,” something he defined as “when you go shopping and you talk to girls and flirt,” the arrest report says

When police asked if Glaze had exposed himself, he initially said he had exposed his stomach, but later admitted that he had flashed his genitals, the report says.
He was arrested on two counts of indecent exposure of sexual organs, a misdemeanor.

 

 
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