The Daily Grind Video
CLOSE

Today in “Stories from Florida,” we have a man who was so sick of work that he decided to stage a robbery to get off, a werewolf who robbed a Forever 21 clothing store, and a man who overlooked a real corpse because it was April Fool’s Day.

We can’t make this stuff up.

Playing Hooky:

Dwayne A. Yeager of Brandon, Fla., was having one of those days and didn’t want to go into work. So what does he do? Stage a break-in at his home so he wouldn’t have to show up.

“My door’s open, my windows to my son’s bedroom are wide open,” he said in a call to police. “My TV’s in there on the ground.”

He went even further, describing the getaway car as “a white, kind of little Honda Civic pulling away. White, it had kind of like a black fender.”

But when police found no signs of forced entry, and surveillance video showed Yeager actually opening the “open window” himself, things got a little hairy.

Police say Yeager eventually admitted he ransacked his own home to make it look like it had been robbed, then called police to get out of going to work. “He stated his wife was adamant that he go to work and he didn’t want to,” according a police report cited by the local Bay News 9.

He was arrested and jailed for providing false information to law enforcement. Read about it here…[HuffPost]

Teen Wolf:

A man wearing a werewolf mask robbed an Orlando Forever 21 over the weekend.

Yep, that happened.

According to an Orlando police field report, the store manager was on a ladder when a man wearing a werewolf mask, gray hooded sweatshirt with black sleeves, black hood over the mask and black and white shoes entered the store. The manager told police that he asked the man to leave because he was wearing a mask, but the man pushed him and told him to get the money out of the cash register. The manager then escorted the masked gunman to the cash register and asked if he could clear the store, but the culprit said, “big bills only,” according to police.

And apparently, the manager thought it was all a big joke. It wasn’t. Read about it here…[Jezebel]

April Fool’s Reality:

A desk clerk at a Tampa Bay apartment complex was duped when he discovered a corpse he believed to be part of an April Fool’s joke and disposed of it.

Thing is, it wasn’t a joke. And it was actually a real body. A resident had jumped 16 stories to her death on Tuesday night.

Ronald Benjamin, 61, looked onto the patio and saw a shape on the ground. It looked to him like a mannequin. An April Fools’ Day joke, he concluded, and went back to work.

Two hours later, another employee of the senior housing complex at 440 Fourth Ave. N told Benjamin about the shape on the patio. It was just a prank, Benjamin assured her.

When a woman and her teen son came by to deliver the Tampa Bay Times, Benjamin asked the boy to help him move the mannequin into a Dumpster.

He grabbed the shoes and the teen clasped a handful of clothes, which was topped with a ball of whitish-gray hair. It weighed almost nothing, Benjamin noted, as they heaved it into the trash.

Benjamin saw what looked like blood, but he thought it was fake.

Hours later, other workers at the complex discovered that the shape in the Dumpster was not a mannequin, but a 96-year-old resident of the complex who had jumped 16 stories to her death sometime during the night.

Benjamin, who was deeply troubled after discovering the body was real, was fired from his post. Read about it here…[Gawker]

PHOTO CREDIT: Police Department