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Florida's latest crime wave: unsolicited pizza fliers



House lawmakers today learned about the latest crime wave gripping the state: a deluge of unsolicited pizza fliers at Florida tourist hotels.

No, seriously. State Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa said it is a "problem of epidemic proportions" and possibly "part of an organized crime syndicate."

Orange County Sheriff's Capt. Nancy Brown said a rogue band of solicitors roam the tourist-heavy Orlando hotels stuffing menus and coupons for pizza delivery joints like Joe's Pizzeria under room doors. The problem: most are unlicensed businesses and the solicitors apparently are really looking for unlocked rooms, not hungry families from Michigan. Brown said once tourists place orders they often become victims of credit card fraud or identity theft.

The House Public Safety and Domestic Security Policy Committee is planning a committee bill to add muscle to the "Tourist Safety Act of 2005" to crack down on the practice.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:14pm]


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