The police receive some strange calls throughout their day on patrol, but the constables in Lakeland, Florida responded to one on Tuesday morning that was unique, stupid and – for the subject and motorists in the vicinity – extremely dangerous.
A man, later arrested and identified as Kiaron Thomas, 21, calmly set up a portable table and a chair while wearing pajama bottoms and fuzzy slippers and enjoyed a breakfast of pancakes with syrup, scrambled eggs and bacon.
“There’s a gentlemen sitting in the middle of the road with a folding table eating. Eating. Just sitting in the middle of road eating with a chair and a folding table,” a caller to 911 said.
Vehicles passing the intersection of Memorial Boulevard at Brunnell Parkway had to stop and carefully drive around the man and his ‘furniture.’ After a short period of time, he packed up and walked away before the police arrived. A Facebook video viewed by the officers gave them a good look at the man’s face and the social media post even included the man’s name tagged.
Two days later, the officers returned to the same spot and were able to locate Thomas, who resides approximately a mere 100 yards away. He told them that it was a “prank,” according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel. Police didn’t find it funny at all and charged Thomas with placing an obstruction in the roadway and disrupting the free flow of traffic. He has a court date set for April.
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