If you were around in the 80s, you might remember this spot for the caffeinated lifestyle. Back in those distant, dismal pre-Starbuckian days, coffee meant Folgers or Taster’s Choice. But if it was good enough for David Bowie, Kurt Vonnegut and Cicely Tyson, who wouldn’t want some, even if that thin swill was all that was available back then? After all, those aromatic roasted beans are “the calm moment that lets you think.” And that pretty much explains why Lorene Jones Orr had to do what she did. Her problem was she was all out of coffee . . .
Orr had downed her last mug of Sumatran or French Roast or whatever it is the 80-year-old usually drinks and, as tampabay.com reports, her son wasn’t happy about the cupboard being bare. No more coffee meant no calm moment, and apparently very little thinking going on . . .
When Orr told (Michael Ray) Sims about 11:30 a.m. Monday that there was no coffee left in the house, “he raised his hand to her” and threw things around the house on Mickens Drive, a report states. Then, the report says, Sims shoved his mother to the floor.
Orr’s other son, Lorenzo King Sims, 52, saw what happened and picked his mother off the ground, the report states. He told his brother to get out. They argued on the front porch. A report states Michael Sims tried to get back inside, prompting Orr to get her gun.
Sometimes a .38 is just the thing.
She told them to stop and told Michael Ray Sims, her 51-year-old live-in son, to leave, a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office report said. But he didn’t.
Then she held the gun up to the door and fired a warning shot through the glass into the ground, the report says.
The flying lead proved to be more persuasive than she’d been. Michael Sims left, probably in search of the nearest coffee shop or quickie mart. ‘Cause when you need a cup, you need a cup. The only bummer is he never got there. He was picked up and charged with aggravated domestic battery and is still behind bars. We don’t know how good the coffee is in the Land O’ Lakes jail, but we don’t want to be his cell mate if they run out.