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Tue Feb 9, 2016, 12:05 PM

Florida Man at it again

Assault with a deadly weapon: Florida man charged with throwing alligator into Wendy’s

A Florida man accused of throwing a live alligator through a drive-through window has been arrested, authorities say.

Joshua James, of Jupiter, Fla., faces three charges, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records: Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; a charge related to the illegal killing, capture or possession of an alligator; and petty theft.

James, 24, is accused of throwing a 3 1/2-foot alligator through a Wendy’s drive-through window in October, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission incident report cited by NBC affiliate WPTV. He was taken into custody and booked into the Palm Beach County Detention Center on Monday.

Officials say James pulled up to receive his order, was handed a drink, then pulled the alligator out of the back of his truck and tossed it into the restaurant after the drive-through attendant had turned around, according to WPTV.

The state agency’s report featured a picture of the alligator, flat with its legs splayed on the fast food restaurant’s brown-tile floor.

Investigators used surveillance video and a receipt to find James, who admitted to picking up the animal on the side of a road and bringing it to the restaurant.

His parents described James as an outdoorsman and harmless prankster, adding that he viewed famous crocodile hunter and conservationist Steve Irwin as an idol, WPTV reported.

Ed and Linda James told the station that their son was pranking a Wendy’s employee that he knew.

ETA: I guess the link is too long to put in the "link" box. Sorry. Here it is.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/02/09/assault-with-a-deadly-weapon-florida-man-charged-with-throwing-live-alligator-into-wendys/
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Ah the Florida man.....never let's us down.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 12:07 PM

1. The Gator probably needed to use the Mens Room... nt

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Response to COLGATE4 (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 12:09 PM

2. Or a Frosty

It's hot outside, you know.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 12:09 PM

3. Drive Thru windows where I live are maybe a foot x a foot ...

.... how did he manage to get a live animal through a space (presumably) that small, that quickly?

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Response to Myrina (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 12:21 PM

4. The Drive Thru Equipment Store, Serve Your Customers with Dependable Drive Thru Windows!

 

Here we have our Q-PW1, PW-2 Pass-Thru Window-




You will note the dimensions are perfect for alligators up to on average 4.5-5' in length-

Service Opening (PW-1): 14" (w) x 18 3/8" (h)
Service Opening (PW-2): 14" (w) x 24 3/8" (h)

Offering a panoramic three-sided view, Models PW-1 and PW-2 are projected from the exterior of the building highlighting the drive-thru lane. These two models offer different size service openings: however they are both standard with a 21”(d) x 27 3/4" (w) interior stainless base. Our patented push-bar mechanism allows hands-free operation providing more efficient service.

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 02:04 PM

10. So if you want to pass larger alligators, do you need a special permit?

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 12:28 PM

5. First, you need a link....



Second, perhaps Wendy's should start serving Snickers.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 12:34 PM

6. Fixed. Thanks. eom

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 12:44 PM

7. This pretty much says it all


His parents described James as an outdoorsman and harmless prankster, adding that he viewed famous crocodile hunter and conservationist Steve Irwin as an idol, WPTV reported.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 12:51 PM

8. I like it though. Can't stop laughing about it. I shouldn't but it has a certain Monty Python to it.

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Response to LiberalArkie (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 12:54 PM

9. My daughter lives if FL

I get a kick out of sending her these Florida Man stories. She was raised in VA. She responds with an eye rolling emoji and says, "You don't know the half of it."

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Response to LiberalArkie (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 03:56 PM

18. You mean like the cow-tapault?

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 02:08 PM

11. In Louisiana, they would have had a special on alligator sauce piquant

 

Actually does taste kind of like chicken. Funny story: the day after I had some in the French Quarter, Mom and I went uptown to the Audubon Zoo, where, of course, there are plenty of gators. She swore they were giving me the stink eye!

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 03:36 PM

13. I had alligator nuggets once

Tasted like chicken. Of course this was in Virginia, so it could have really been chicken.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Reply #13)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 03:41 PM

14. After a friend had his vasectomy...

... I looked all over for some Rocky Mountain Oysters to send him but no luck, darnit.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 03:56 PM

17. LOL. n/t

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 02:09 PM

12. "Harmless prankster"--sounds like those parents indulge him six ways from Sunday.


I don't consider it a "harmless prank."

That boy has too much time on his hands.

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Response to raccoon (Reply #12)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 03:45 PM

15. Harmless Prankster. Yeah, cause what could go wrong throwing a live alligator at people?

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #15)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 03:48 PM

16. The only thing scarier is if the gator tossed Florida Man through the window. nt

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