The Bizarre World of Florida

BUSted! Bus driver tried to pick up hooker while on duty September 16, 2014

Just a quick pit stop.

A Florida bus driver is accused of trying to pick up a prostitute while on duty, WFLA reports.

sfl-flduh-bus-driver-hooker-duty-20140912-001Rodrigue Macharie, 43, was arrested in Sarasota County on Thursday when he solicited an undercover police officer working a prostitution sting around 9:45 a.m. on Tamiami Trail, according to WWSB. The bus driver, who works for the Sarasota County Area Transit shuttling disabled passengers to appointments, had 45 minutes to spare before his next pick-up.

“There was a period of disbelief when the bus pulled up and that it looked as if this was actually going to be a transaction,” said Sgt. Demetri Konstantopouls of the Sarasota Police Department.

Police said that Macharie paid the undercover officer $20 for an undisclosed sexual act, MyFoxTampa reports. He was arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute.

Authorities clarified the location of the alleged sexual solicitation.

“He did not want to have the intercourse inside the bus,” Konstantopoulos said.

Macharie was placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.


You can ask a prostitute to toss your salad, but you can’t pay with one June 11, 2014

Police conducted a reverse prostitution operation that resulted in the arrest of 10 men, including one who thought he could pay for sexual services with a salad and another who is a former local basketball star, Daytona Beach police said.

The operation started shortly before 11 a.m. Monday and lasted into the afternoon along areas on South Ridgewood Avenue that are known for problems with prostitution, according to Daytona Beach police charging affidavits. All 10 men are charged with soliciting a prostitute.


Alonzo Liverman, 29, of Daytona Beach, told the undercover police officer he did not have any money, but he did have a salad, according to an affidavit.

Police also picked up former Mainland basketball player Tim Pickett, 33, of Daytona Beach, who went on to star at Florida State University and was then drafted during the second round of the NBA draft in 2004.

Records show police also arrested the following men during the operation: Christian Alfaro-Guerra, 30, Daytona Beach; Justin Bowman, 35, Daytona Beach; Ricardo Gomes, 65, Port Orange; Steven Hardock, 86, Edgewater; Matthew Campbell, 43, DeLeon Springs; Michael Jackson, 27, South Daytona; John Regan, 72, Daytona Beach; and Christopher Paxton, 28, Ormond Beach.



Woman jailed after sex-for-rent deal goes south, way south May 23, 2014

Alison Ann Hicks, 49, of the 5300 block of Summerwind Drive, North Naples, faces charges of misusing 911.

sfl-flduh-sex-for-rent-deal-20140522-001Hicks and her 82-year-old landlord got into an argument after the man learned Hicks was having sex with another man, which broke their rent agreement.

Hicks called 911 against the landlord, saying he was at Applebee’s and about to get into his car while drunk to drive home.

She called 911 a second time to report that the man was trying to come into her home and was harassing her.

The man’s voice can be heard in 911 calls saying he just needed to use the bathroom. Hicks told a dispatcher he was a gun fanatic and may have one on him.

Deputies spoke with the man Hicks reported, who explained that he was moving to Michigan for six months and would let Hicks stay in his home while he was gone on the condition that they have a sexual relationship when he was in town. Hicks was not to have sex with other men in the meantime.

Deputies arrested Hicks because they said she made false claims of a vindictive nature in her first call.

Her second call resulted in having five patrol cars speeding through heavy traffic to her home for what they falsely believed was a life-threatening situation


Vampires, nudists, snakes: Nobody does wacky like Florida April 7, 2014


By: Scott Maxwell

Last week, news broke that a congressional candidate in Gainesville had a secret pastime: impersonating vampires. And superheroes.

Some people would call this nutty.

In Florida, we just call it Tuesday.

Seriously, that’s not even our highest-profile vampire story. Remember the “vampire killings” from Lake County?

Some of our stories are heartbreakingly tragic. But so many are also mind-numbingly strange.

In Florida, we do weird the way Kansas does wheat.

Here, giant pet snakes escape. And breed. And then invade our national parks.

We have fish that eat people, alligators that eat people and people who eat people.

Two years ago, when news of the “cannibal attack” broke, the nation let out a collective gasp … until learning it was Miami. Then it all made sense.

We have killer amoebas, hanging chads and diaper-wearing astronauts. (All of which would make awesome rock-band names, by the way.)

We have a town named Christmas … where it never snows. We have the world’s smallest post office and a couple trying to build America’s largest house.

I used to think Florida attracted wacky people. Now I think it creates them.

Take my grandfather, for example.

Early in his life, he was a NASA engineer in Virginia — and as strait-laced and buttoned-down as they came. His passions were photography and crossword puzzles.

Then he moved to Florida. After Grandma died, we worried that our sober and contemplative grandfather would become listless and uninspired.

He became neither of those things. Instead, he became a nudist. (Lending more credence to the notion that it’s never the people you want to see naked at a nudist resort.)

At first, we were all: What the heck, Granddad?

But you know what? He found new life and inspiration. He’d travel down Interstate4 from Ormond Beach to Cypress Cove, where he’d pay strict adherence to the two main rules: Never take pictures, and always place a towel on the bar stool before you sit down.

Florida liberated him. And he spent the remaining, widowed years of his life happy. So you go, Granddad.

By the way, nudity is another one of our weird themes.

•”Nude man found dead on killer whale’s back”

•”Florida Lotto winner seeks to open a nude dude ranch”

•”Blind woman sues nudist colony over heavy dog”

Florida newspapers carry such headlines the way other papers carry horoscopes.

Some of that is understandable. It’s hot down here.

And I don’t mean happy, sand-at-your-toes, wind-in-your-hair hot. I mean sweaty-thighs-stuck-to-your-car-seats, armpit-stains-like-dinner-plates hot. It’s enough to make anyone nutty. And naked.

But it cuts both ways. When it’s hot, it makes us crazy. When it’s pleasant, we attract other states’ crazies. I mean, if it’s January and you’re already planning to run a scam, con or heist, would you rather do it in Buffalo or Boynton Beach?

This state is also lousy with newspapers and TV stations, meaning we have more ink-stained wretches and blow-dried broadcasters than your average state to tell all the weird stories.

Finally, there’s our melting-pot effect.

You simply can’t throw so many different cultures together and not expect some fireworks.

But you know what? That is also part of what makes this state so splendidly unique.

We have character and texture — a bouillabaisse of native and newcomer, sinner and saint, scholar and simpleton.

It’s a fusion that produces a weeklong bacchanalia in Key West and pioneering medical research at the Burnham Institute.

It’s the reason Orlando can turn out just as many people for a Veterans Day parade as it does for Come Out With Pride.

And it explains how a mild-mannered rocket engineer can feel inspired to start a new life by ditching his pocket protector — along with everything else he’s wearing.

And, yes, it’s also how we end up with some of the wackiest politicians in America — including a vampire-impersonating, superhero-mimicking, punk-rock lawyer running for Congress.

Just what we need … another lawyer in Congress.


Florida, where the prostitutes will choke you to death if you try to skip on paying April 4, 2014

A 19-year-old woman who was working as a prostitute choked a Lake Worth man to death after he tried to stiff her out of money he owed her for sexual services, deputies said.

sfl-escort-appears-in-court-to-face-murder-charge-20140403Andrea Alvira, of Lake Worth, killed Brandon Day, 22, in the early hours of Jan. 15 in a yard in the 5300 block of Rivermill Lane in Lake Worth, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Alvira, who faces a charge of second-degree murder, told investigators a story they didn’t believe: that she had met Day in a nearby park and that he’d offered to give her a ride after a john had stood her up.

According to the arrest report, Alvira told investigators she attacked Day after he pushed her to the ground, raped her, and took off running after robbing her.

Detectives said there was no evidence to support her allegations against Day.

Instead, detectives determined that Day and Alvira had arranged to meet at the community clubhouse in the Rivermill development, and that Alvira would provide sexual services for a fee.

Detectives said Alvira did her part, but that Day tried to run away without paying her, the report stated. Alvira chased Day into a yard, where she dropped him by hitting him in the neck. She got on top of Day’s chest and forced her knees into his throat, suffocating him, detectives said.

Investigators looked at Alvira’s cell phone, which showed that she and Day had sent text messages to each other to arrange a meeting.

When deputies arrived at the scene, Alvira was “sitting in the grass next to the victim who was unresponsive and believed to be deceased,” the report said.

An investigation into the death ensued, with a medical examiner ruling on March 26 that Day’s death was a homicide.

Alvira was arrested Wednesday. She remained in the Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday, according to the Sheriff’s Office online booking blotter.











According to the arrest report, Alvira told investigators she attacked Day after he pushed her to the ground, raped her, and took off running after robbing her.

Detectives said there was no evidence to support her allegations against Day.


Since when is Mickey D’s a hot spot for loose women? April 2, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Florida Nut,Prostitution,Really Dumb,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:07 pm

A man who was “out looking for floozies” wound up finding the Fort Pierce police.


sfl-flduh-floozies-at-mcdonalds-20140328-001The case of the floozy seeking fellow began about 12:30 a.m. March 11 as an officer was patrolling the area of McDonald’s on Okeechobee Road in Fort Pierce.

Police saw a man identified as John Houghton, 45, sitting at a table behind the building, a tall open can in a brown paper bag next to him.

Asked what he was doing, Houghton reported he was “out looking for floozies.”

A floozy is a “gaudily dressed, usually immoral woman, especially a prostitute,” according to dictionary.com. The term floozy, which rhymes with koozie, originated in the early 20th century, but its exact origin is unknown.

Related synonyms include bimbo, broad, doxy, strumpet, harlot, hooker, nympho, tramp, whore and piece of tail, according to thesaurus.com and other sources.

Meanwhile, Houghton showed police the contents of the paper bag: a 24 ounce can of Steel Reserve Blackberry beer.

Houghton told police he’d had four beers, but mention was not made of whether he found any floozies.

Houghton, of the 1000 block of Commerce Avenue in Vero Beach, was arrested on a misdemeanor open container charge.


This Florida man runs an escort-review site out of a barbecue joint December 17, 2013

2a391cf6a81bf6ff8d76943299b65b1aWhen you think of family-friendly barbeque chain restaurants like Florida-based franchise Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, you normally wouldn’t associate it with online sex trafficking. Yet in a burst of what can best be described as entrepreneurial spirit, the Florida City businessman Dean Moreau apparently decided to merge his dual passions for cured meats and sex tourism. The 44-year-old restaurant manager is allegedly running a prostitution review site out of his Sonny’s franchise.

According to a Miami New Times investigation by reporter Allie Conti, Moreau is a managing member of Monger (short for “whoremonger”) Network, a site that hosts message boards for hobbyists to post reviews of prostitutes around the world. The site includes such features as the “Wall of Shame” (for “bad performers and bad apples”) as well as nude photos, which distinguishes it from other escort review sites.

While $40 subscriptions to the site are processed through Moreau’s Sonny’s BBQ franchise in Florida City, when reached for comment Moreau initially claimed that his side business was a website that specialized in international travel discounts. Yet upon further questioning, Moreau said that all of his mail is delivered to Sonny’s, and he is processing subscription money for a “friend” (the admin for Monger Network is a man who goes by the pseudonym “Jonesie,” a Colombia resident and self-described “Internet marketer” who allegedly registered the domain for Monger Network in 2010).

So how does Sonny’s Bar-B-Q Pit, a Florida-based chain with 126 locations in the Southern states, feel about their franchisee doing double-duty in two different meat markets? In a statement to the New Times, the chain’s public relations manager said Sonny’s requires its franchisees to adhere to “the highest ethical and moral behaviors and standards,” and its franchising contracts strictly prohibit “illegal or immoral activity.”

This is not the first time a fast-food franchisee has been accused of using their restaurant as a front for illegal practices: last October, a Wisconsin restaurateur was accused of running a drug ring out of three McDonald’s franchises, and in 2012 a California woman sued the fast food giant for selling a franchise to her ex-husband, who allegedly forced her into prostitution. So the next time you go to a fast food chain, you can probably get a helluva lot more than fries with that.



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