The Year In Insane Florida Food Fights: From Picnic Decapitations to Pork Rind Stabbings

Categories: WTF Florida
Sadly, none of these stories feature dogs in adorable costumes.
What is it about an empty stomach that leads to so much crime in the Sunshine State? Regular readers of Riptide already know that Florida is well known for its bizarre, sometimes incomprehensible news stories about bungled robberies, bizarre murders, and drug deals gone bad. But a bizarre number of those seem to center on food and restaurants. Just about every week, we post at least one story about a fight at a fast-food place or over a meal that makes you wonder why people are so up in arms about dinner.

As part of our look back at 2012, we wanted to highlight some of this year's strangest, funniest, and most baffling news stories regarding crime and food. So sit back, (legally) grab a burger and a beer, and enjoy the year's best of "WTF Florida: Let's Get A Snack."

Jan. 4, 2012: "Homeless Florida Man Decapitates Another Over Spilled Food."
We've all been there before: At a barbeque, plate of meat and potato salad balanced precariously in one hand as we cradle a beer in the other, when suddenly, a collision sends everything flying to the ground. Most of us would shake it off, grab a new plate and get a fresh meal. Not Sarasota resident Ricky Leer. Just four days into 2012, he got into a tussle with a fellow homeless person after the man knocked over a grill that Leer and another man had been using. Leer, who had been drinking, escalated things quickly: He pinned his victim to the ground, then began to hack at his neck with a machete-like knife. When cops arrived, they found the headless body, then Leer, leaning against a tree and drinking rum. Suffice to say that guards will probably keep a close eye on him at the next prison barbecue.

That's Christopher on the left, and Lisa on the right. Really.
Mar. 8, 2012: "Florida Man Headlocks His Mom Because She Used His Taco Sauce."
Manatee County resident Christopher Phillips didn't take well to his mother, Rebecca, using the last of his taco salsa for her dinner. But instead of going out to the store and getting more, Phillips decided that the best course of action would be to put his mother in a headlock over the missing sauce.

To make matters worse, he called over his live-in girlfriend, Lisa Tyre, who proceeded to slap Rebecca about the face. After Rebecca called the cops, Christopher and Lisa were arrested on misdemeanor battery charges.

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It's a lot different when put together in one article like this. Scary, indeed.

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