The police have a difficult job.
Day after day, they put their lives and their safety on the line to protect the rest of us from violence, gang activity, drugs. They respond to accidents, to fires, to domestic disturbances. It’s easy to see that the job can become overwhelming. It makes sense that police officers so often suffer from depression.
So it must be a hilarious break from grim reality when something completely silly calls officers to the scene of a crime.
One guy in Florida deserves some praise, I guess, for allowing local cops the chance to participate in the happiest crime in months.
Police in Lakeland, Florida, were contacted by residents because a local man was obstructing traffic. The man was apparently sitting in the middle of the crosswalk at a busy intersection. He had a small folding table set up in front of him.
He appeared to be enjoying a plate of delicious pancakes.
By the time police arrived at the scene of the maple soaked crime, the perpetrator had fled.
Luckily, we live in the age of social media, and more than one passerby had taken a video of the incident and uploaded it to Facebook. The hungry criminal was quickly identified as Kiaron Thomas.
When police apprehended Thomas, he immediately confessed. The report doesn’t say whether he offered the cops any breakfast when they confronted him. It does say, however, that the perp was issued a summons to appear in court on April 25th.
Hopefully the appearance is scheduled for mid to late day, and Thomas will have already filled up on flapjacks.