Saturday, December 16, 2017
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The five weirdest things that happened around Tampa Bay this week

There were a few scary moments on Monday, when authorities received a report that someone had spotted a gunman on the roof of a hospital in Brandon. Very scary, right? The moments after they realized the "gunman" was a worker holding a hand drill were significantly less scary.

There's a lot to see and do in a Walmart, even in Apopka. Which is good, because you might want to linger inside for a while when there's an alligator between you and the parking lot.

Alan Abele of Dunnellon is a pretty sound sleeper, so when the thumping sounds outside his back door woke him up early Tuesday morning he knew something wasn't right. He grabbed a flashlight and his .357-caliber Magnum handgun (this is Florida after all, right?) and went to look for an intruder. He crept onto his back deck and shouted that he had a gun. Unimpressed, the 200-pound, 6-foot alligator that had been making all the ruckus lunged at him. It didn't end well for the gator.

We learned this week about the weapons escalation in a robbery at a St. Petersburg 7-Eleven earlier this month. Essentially, it was proven that gun > knife > hot cup of coffee. The video says it all.

Authorities were looking for whoever it was who thought it would be a good idea to keep a 12-foot alligator weighing more than 500 pounds as a sort of outdoor pet, tethering it to a tree behind an apartment complex along the Hillsborough River. This one also didn't end well for the gator. It just wasn't a good week for gators.

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