Florida News Story Catch-all

bhchrist wrote:

Actually, a really cool article and worth the read. Seems like a pretty neat guy.

Indeed. It's not the typical kind of news story normally seen in this thread, which is why I decided to post it.

Holy sh*t! I had no idea all these stories were about the same guy!

Lady Godiva is alive and well, folks!

Half-naked Florida Woman Rides Horse into Nightclub

sometimesdee wrote:

Lady Godiva is alive and well, folks!

Half-naked Florida Woman Rides Horse into Nightclub

Best response I've seen to this is: "Watch me whip, watch me neigh-neigh."

Florida man uses sledge hammer to stop hit-and-run driver

Hammer Time starts at 1:40 into the video

When I clicked I hoped there was video. I was not disappointed.

MeatMan wrote:

Florida man uses sledge hammer to stop hit-and-run driver

Hammer Time starts at 1:40 into the video

That's a great video. It's easy to blame the driver, but if some guy started bashing my window with a hammer I'd want to get the hell out of there too. Still, there were so many people filming it from every angle there's no way the guy would get away with hit n run.

It appears that hammer-time only started after a few minutes of the driver "attempting to flee the scene."

Running Man wrote:

That's a great video.

Is it? I mean, I get wanting to keep the driver contained, but the hammer guy is now on the hook for destruction of property. What would have happened if the driver just stayed there? Or if they somehow got hands on the driver?

That whole video scared the sh*t out of me, to be honest.

CptDomano wrote:
Running Man wrote:

That's a great video.

Is it? I mean, I get wanting to keep the driver contained, but the hammer guy is now on the hook for destruction of property. What would have happened if the driver just stayed there? Or if they somehow got hands on the driver?

That whole video scared the sh*t out of me, to be honest.

Agreed.

I would think that it would have been enough to take a billion cell phone pictures of the driver and the license plate.

The video starts after what exactly? Does the driver try to run someone over? Given the language and actions in the video by themselves, I agree that the best thing would have been to get lots of pics and video - then let the police resolve it. The video shows them fleeing under extreme circumstances. That's something in the driver's favor.

LouZiffer wrote:

The video starts after what exactly? Does the driver try to run someone over? Given the language and actions in the video by themselves, I agree that the best thing would have been to get lots of pics and video - then let the police resolve it. The video shows them fleeing under extreme circumstances. That's something in the driver's favor.

I dunno what video you watched. The one I saw showed a driver fleeing the scene of an accident and *then*, as a result of the fleeing, being "under extreme circumstances" when the hammer drops.

Jonman wrote:
LouZiffer wrote:

The video starts after what exactly? Does the driver try to run someone over? Given the language and actions in the video by themselves, I agree that the best thing would have been to get lots of pics and video - then let the police resolve it. The video shows them fleeing under extreme circumstances. That's something in the driver's favor.

I dunno what video you watched. The one I saw showed a driver fleeing the scene of an accident and *then*, as a result of the fleeing, being "under extreme circumstances" when the hammer drops.

What I saw were two men trying to open the door of their car. One was speaking spanish and saying not to move (maybe the person in the car knew what they were saying, maybe not). The other was violently beating on the window with a fist and yelling at them to "open the f*cking door" and "get out of the f*cking car". Then some other guy jumps out of a van with an engineer's hammer and starts breaking the glass and beating on their car, while others approach. I sure wouldn't have felt safe.

LouZiffer wrote:

The video starts after what exactly? Does the driver try to run someone over? Given the language and actions in the video by themselves, I agree that the best thing would have been to get lots of pics and video - then let the police resolve it. The video shows them fleeing under extreme circumstances. That's something in the driver's favor.

There was a lot more detail in the linked "update" in the article. It was his 19 driving violation and he was described as appearing "high on narcotics" at the scene.

Of the first 18 such citations, Lagutenko was found guilty 11 times and paid $2,387 in fines. His violations range from running a red light, which he got busted for twice in four days in 2013, to driving on the wrong side of the road. Lagutenko’s been ticketed nine times in Broward County also, but only convicted once, on a failure to wear a seat belt, a $127 fine.

On the criminal side, he’s gotten probation on convictions of delivering oxycodone; possession of drug paraphernalia and cocaine; possession of a controlled substance; and violating a restraining order.
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Witnesses told police that Lagutenko, heading north on Biscayne Boulevard around 2:30 p.m., crossed the median at about Northeast 34th Street and hit one southbound car. Undeterred by the oncoming traffic, he kept going north in the southbound lanes and crashed into two more cars at the major Northeast 36th Street intersection.

Other people got out of their cars to deal with the damage. Video caught Lagutenko lurching in reverse, torn-off front grill suspended like an extension of the passenger side. The windshield wipers slid back and forth on the dry windshield.

I get the reaction of people trying to keep this idiot off the road and potentially allowing him to possibly kill others rather than saying the recorded video is good enough. The guy crossed traffic, hit a car, and kept going, then tried to flee in the same car. He gets out and runs on foot? Cool, let him go.

That’s how Samaritans get shot in Florida.

Take the pictures.

Call the cops.

Holy sh*t; you guys are way overthinking the Florida News Story thread. The only damn reason I posted the link is because hammer guy's actions were totally "Florida Man", i.e. completely ridiculous, over-the-top, etc. I thought that was the reason this thread exists. Actually, I KNOW that's the reason this thread exists. Let's not drag it into P&C (D&D), please.

Read the headline, or the first paragraph of the article if you're feeling thorough. Chuckle. Move on.

MeatMan wrote:

Let's not drag it into P&C (D&D), please.

Is this just a standard response whenever anyone brings up a counterpoint? Don't see how this was in any way P&C/D&D. A few of us were just a little shook by the video and didn't get a chuckle out of it. Not sure why there's the need for the hostility or the need to tell us to go somewhere else?

Guess we just need thicker skin or lighten up, right? *rolls eyes*

I'm okay with disagreement. I was asked why I had the opinion I did and answered. Most of the justification given for what a couple of those bystanders did appears to be post facto. I get that the person was attempting to drive away. I also think that putting yourself in harm's way to stop them is stupid (car vs human), and the hammer stuff was way over the top. Florida is as Florida does, though. Living here is like living in a big Ripley's Believe it or Not.

LouZiffer wrote:

I'm okay with disagreement. I was asked why I had the opinion I did and answered. Most of the justification given for what a couple of those bystanders did appears to be post facto. I get that the person was attempting to drive away. I also think that putting yourself in harm's way to stop them is stupid (car vs human), and the hammer stuff was way over the top. Florida is as Florida does, though. Living here is like living in a big Ripley's Believe it or Not.

Totally agree that hammer was way over the top. I was just tying to add missing context to (1) what the guy did leading up to the video and (2) how he was describe as behaving at the time to those who witnessed it. Just sounds like a person who had no right driving a motor vehicle. Probably describes a fairly healthy number of people to be honest.

Moving on...

Florida beer bar will "print" a picture on the foam of your beer

And of course, one of patrons had this done:

Spoiler:

IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/zHQ6cqd.jpg)

MeatMan wrote:

Holy sh*t; you guys are way overthinking the Florida News Story thread. The only damn reason I posted the link is because hammer guy's actions were totally "Florida Man", i.e. completely ridiculous, over-the-top, etc. I thought that was the reason this thread exists. Actually, I KNOW that's the reason this thread exists. Let's not drag it into P&C (D&D), please.

Read the headline, or the first paragraph of the article if you're feeling thorough. Chuckle. Move on. :)

Okay, as both moderator and thread author, I feel compelled to weigh in.

I completely see where MeatMan is coming from. I indeed meant this to be a light-hearted thread about the zany antics of Floridians. However, it's so very, very easy to cross the line into Politics and Controversy (see: my post about a Floridian flipping off POTUS). Tread lightly, folks. If a topic's about to get heavy, perhaps in-depth discussion is more suitable for "Post a Political News Story."

That being said, if you truly find something disturbing or not funny, you are totally welcome to say so.

Wow. That story is one alligator short of the ultimate Florida story.

It certainly checks most of the boxes: whiskey, guns, bombs, poultry, a catchy nickname, and a winning smile

Spider... he is our hero!

... does whatever a spider can ...

or,

"With great whiskey comes great explodability."

Running Man wrote:

It certainly checks most of the boxes: whiskey, guns, bombs, poultry, a catchy nickname, and a winning smile :nicekiss:

Only thing missing is nudity.