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The 5 weirdest things that happened in Tampa Bay this week

Apparently a man hadn't had enough coffee when showed up at a Largo Dunkin Donuts store, where he got into an argument over extra bacon on his sandwich, tried to grab a cashier's arm at the drive-through and ended up under arrest. His bail for this mayhem: $150,000.

On the other hand, it appears that if you are a Department of Corrections officer, you can: 1. have your wife accuse you of choking her; 2. drink "several containers" of alcohol and energy drinks; 3. drive to Pasco County and smash into a car at a gas station; 4. lead police officers on a 30-mile chase at speeds of up to 90 mph; and 5. spit all over the patrol car and your bail will be $8,250.

Meanwhile, in our #OnlyInPasco item of the week, a suspect pulled a forklift up to an ATM at a bank in Wesley Chapel and tried to pry it loose. When all kinds of alarms went off and the police showed up 13 minutes later, the ATM had won a pyrrhic victory. It was destroyed and will cost $50,000 to replace. (The photos are amazing.)

If the Bucs locker room were a restaurant, Ch. 28's dirty dining diva Wendy Ryan would have shut it down by now. An NFL Network report says a third Buc has contracted MRSA, the stubborn staph infection. Think the visiting teams and fans are contemplating surgical masks instead of fan gear right about now?

And in our last item, how about this for a weird coincidence: Jose Lobaton hits a walk-off home run into the rays tank in center field in Game 3 against Boston and a fan who tries to catch it is wearing a Dan Johnson jersey. Remember him? He's the player who stepped out of a cab in Boston after being called up from Durham and entered the game during the ninth inning. He hit a home run against the Sox, tying the game, and the Rays went on to win it and keep their momentum toward the World Series. Sadly, that's where the coincidence ends, as we all found out Tuesday.

Bonus weird headline of the week: Alice Cooper to visit Dali Museum.

Got your own story to nominate? Leave it in the comments below. 

The 5 weirdest things that happened in Tampa Bay this week 10/11/13 [Last modified: Friday, October 11, 2013 3:36pm]
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