If you’ve spent much time at all trolling the intertubes, you’ve probably run across the “Florida Man” meme. That’s because there’s no end of, well, unusual stories that typically involves criminal activity by male perpetrators in the Sunshine State.
Take, for instance, the Florida Man who stole what he thought were opioids but turned out to be laxatives. Or the Florida Man who turned up naked in the Daytona airport claiming that he had explosives. Then there was the South Beach artist with no arms who stabbed tourists with a pair of scissors.
You get the idea.
Today’s Florida Man story comes from Pine Lakes north of Orlando. This Florida Man caught a bullet.
A homeowner in the Pines Lakes area of east Lake County shot and killed a man who detectives believe was in the middle of an ambitious burglary spree in the neighborhood. …
The homeowner told deputies he had been staying across the street at his father’s house while his own home was being renovated. The man called 911 about midnight to report an intruder, but deputies found no one and left. The man then decided to return to his empty house in case the prowler returned.
About 5 a.m., he heard a noise outside by his shed, went outside and confronted the prowler. A struggle ensued, and the homeowner shot the prowler, officials said.
The burglar, identified as Brandon Allen Woods, was apparently working the entire neighborhood. Another homeowner down the street told police that he’d chased Woods off of his property the previous night. But what made the late Mr. Woods unusual and a prototypical Florida Man was his lack of pretense about his profession.
In December, he created a Facebook post indicating he had started a new job. His occupation: “Theif” (sic). Beneath the post he wrote that he was “grabbin what i can carry.”
And yet Florida gun owners are having to battle efforts from the anti-gun left to restrict their gun rights. When there are Florida Men lurking behind every palm tree. Stay alert down there, friends.