The adventures of Florida man have been well documented over the years. When he’s not attacking unsuspecting ‘gators or drunk driving a golf cart, there’s a high probability that he’s getting up to something else nefarious under the radar. There is very little telling when and where he might strike next. All we know for certain is that it will be in Florida and probably hilarious.
Anyone interested in updates of the Florida man saga will have been left satisfied this week when he was arrested at a Miami branch of popular pasta chain Olive Garden, engaging in behaviour both highly unusual and deeply alarming. This particular Florida man, later identified as 32-year-old Ben Padgett, was arrested by officers after entering the restaurant, verbally and physically intimidating staff and eating pasta with his hands. Clearly, it was not Florida man’s finest hour.
Officers were originally called to the scene by Olive Garden employee Ronald Worst, who had been on the receiving end of an auditory barrage from Padgett. According to a police report obtained by The Miami Herald, “Worst...told officers that Padgett had been loitering outside, then had come inside and began to cause a scene.” Padgett then proceeded to yell at the startled Worst, loudly informing him that he could “beat (his) ass” and enquiring as to whether he possessed male or female genitalia.
From this rocky start, things went downhill pretty quickly. Padgett began asking customers for money as they went in and out of the restaurant, and before long had made a beeline for the buffet. When officers finally arrived on the scene, they discovered a shirtless Padgett, allegedly “smelling of booze”, “shouting obscenities”, crouched on a bench outside the Olive Garden and shovelling fistfuls of spaghetti into his mouth. Officers handed him some napkins to wipe his face, before placing him in handcuffs.
Even after Padgett was arrested and placed in the back of the police car, the situation was far from resolved. The Miami Herald report that, according to an affidavit provided by the officers at the scene, “While in the back of the patrol car, the suspect began to twist his body violently, kick his legs and smash his head against the metal cage partition, causing his forehead to bleed.” This helps explain Padgett’s slightly bedraggled appearance in his mugshot.
Unfortunately for Padgett, the fracas did not go unpunished. He was charged with both resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication, and was detained at the Naples Jail Center. He was eventually released after posting $2,000 bond. Officers have also stated that he received treatment at a local hospital for his head injury. Say what you will about Florida man, he certainly has some strange adventures.