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Turns out, you can't bring machetes to an axe-throwing bar, St. Petersburg police say

Victoria Morley, 54, is accused of threatening patrons at St. Pete Axe & Ale last week with two machetes.
Victoria Morley, 54, is accused of threatening patrons at St. Pete Axe & Ale last week with two machetes.
Published Jun. 4, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — One cannot bring their own beer to a bar. Turns out, one also cannot bring their own machetes to an axe-throwing bar.

But that is not the only reason why Victoria Morley got in trouble last week, according to St. Petersburg police.

The 54-year-old transient was brandishing a machete in each hand when she showed up at St. Pete Axe & Ale at about 7:30 p.m. on May 31, police said.

She started scraping the blades together and told the crowd that "she had killed over 100 people with those machetes," according to her arrest report.

Morley, who also goes by Sheryl Baula, also threatened that she would "kill" the manager if she were followed out of the bar. Morley was arrested that evening on charges of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and violation of probation.

Alcohol may have played a role in her arrest, the report said.

Billing itself as the "only axe-thowing venue in the bay area," customers are invited to eat and drink while hurling an axe about 20 feet down range at a 2x10-foot wooden board in the south patio of Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill at 1320 Central Ave.

However, the rules at St. Pete Axe & Ale are clear: Patrons cannot bring their own bladed weapons. It is an axe bar, after all, not a machete bar. "Even though we are sure you have a pretty baller axe and we know how much you just want to show it off," the company's website said, "Our insurance dude says 'Nahhh.'"

To sum up, please leave your weapons at home.

Morley pleaded no contest to the disorderly conduct charge, court records show, and was freed the next day after posting $500 bond.

Contact Daniel Figueroa IV at dfigueroa@tampabay.com. Follow @danuscripts.

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