WTF Florida: Nightclub Posing as Church Loses Tax-Exempt Status
It's that time of the week.
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A lot of weird things happen in Florida. We're here every Friday morning to give you the week's weirdest.
Church Turns Out to be Nightclub
Last month, a new church opened up in Panama City Beach called the Life Center: A Spiritual Community. It hosted a seven-day-a-week program called "Amnesia: The Tabernacle." Turns out it was actually all a big Spring Break party.
The first tip-off should have come that the "church" charged a $20 "suggested donation" and had an ATM installed. Its website also boasted of "Anything But Clothes," lingerie and pajama events, "Wet 'n' wild," twerking and naked paintball parties. Yes, naked paintball. Inside, the church also featured holy iconography such as signs showing stick figures blowing each other and t-shirts that read "I hate to be sober."
"I've been in a lot of nightclubs and I've been in a lot of churches," Panama City Beach Police Chief Drew Whitman told the Panama City Beach News Herald. "That isn't a church."
The venue claimed it operated as an honest-to-God youth ministry during the day, but local officials decided to strip it of its tax-exempt status.
Texting Woman Walks in Front of Train
Whatever was happening on the phone of Sheena Keynna Miller, a 27-year-old in Lakeland, was apparently really, really interesting. The woman was so busy texting that she didn't realize she was walking in front of a train. The incident happened Monday, and Miller says she didn't hear the trains horns or see signals before walking straight into its path and being hit by the train. She ended up only getting clipped, however, and was thrown into the air. One of her arms was fractured, and one leg was also injured.
Woman Strips at Dunkin' Donuts on a Dare and Gets Arrested
Listen, who among us can deny the fact that Dunkin' Donuts gets us all a little excited? Most of us, however, keep our damn clothes on while in the restaurant. We mean, we wait to get naked at home before eating our donuts, right? Right?
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Shakara Monik Martin, a 32-year-old Greenacres resident, couldn't wait that long. She was pledging a dance troop and was dared to strip naked in front of the store. So she did it on Sunday. Naturally, police were called, and when they arrived Martin put her clothes back on and began apologizing. She was arrested for indecent exposure. No word on if she was able to pick up any glazed donuts.
Also pro tip: It's not a good idea to do anything that could get you arrested in front of a donut shop. Again, conduct your donut-related vices at home.
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