Standards must be maintained


You may have read a lot about Florida Man in various columns or newspapers over the years because Florida Man never ceases to amaze bored newspaper editors across the country with some of the stupidest, most outrageous feats of derring-do known to humankind.

Just Google Florida Man, and you’ll be entertained for hours. Esquire magazine has a website titled “The 90 Wildest Florida Man Headlines of 2019 (So Far).”

Our item this week was going to be devoted to the Florida man who was arrested for burglarizing cars in a St. Lucie County jail parking lot -- only minutes after he had been released from that very jail on charges of grand theft.
 But then that outrageous story was overtaken by: “Florida man arrested outside Olive Garden for belligerent eating of pasta.”

Police in Naples, Fla. were called about a disturbance in a restaurant parking lot, where a man reportedly was panhandling for money and yelling expletives, according to the Miami Herald. When they got there, they found a man shoveling spaghetti into his mouth with his hands.

According to the Herald, officers gave the man paper towels to clean the pasta off his face before they handcuffed him.

Even in Florida, it seems, certain standards of decorum must be maintained. 


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