The world can return to its daily routine, as reports say smell cops busted Florida barbecuing man who was uncontrollably spreading smoke throughout his and his neighbors’ yards. But rest assured, this dangerous felon has now been stopped by the valiant law & order enforcers.
All jokes aside, it is a very strange case that which surfaced online in a video last week on July 22nd. The video, which was posted on Facebook by Scotty Jordan, a friend of the man making the barbeque. According to his post, an environmental officer of Pinellas County, Florida, showed up at their house claiming he had received a complaint about the smoke coming from their yard.
But this was no isolated case. It seems that the barbecuing man had been making barbeques for as long as eleven months, or as long as reports exist. The first such report was in September 2014. Although media outlets online can be misleading and many have since spread false information, barbeques are not illegal in Florida.
Many have been outraged by the fact that the environmental officer actually arrived at the location. Because of this, they falsely claimed that the man was fined, arrested, stopped, assaulted, and that barbeques are illegal. None of the above is true.
Not to come to the defense of the environmental officer, the man was only politely, albeit abnormally warned by the officer. Still, the latter’s reasoning seemed to be, at the very least, highly dubious. When asked by the barbecuing man to further explain what was wrong, the officer said that he could see the smoke from a few blocks away – which is perfectly normal for smoke, and that it is not okay to smell the smoke from outside the man’s property.
Visibly and understandably revolted the man began to laugh and inquire why he is the only one in the world who is not allowed to barbeque.
Still, the man continuously accused one of his neighbors of repeatedly sending law enforcement to stop his barbeque. Since the first report from September 2014, the man has been visited by the fire department and the police multiple times by each. Still, both authorities had left him to his barbecuing, and assumed that his neighbor was the one that was complaining too much.
Apparently, after no less than 15 complaints from the same neighbor, Phileas County decided to send an environmentalist to assess the situation. One wonders why it took so long, as this matter could’ve been settled back in September. Also, when 15 different calls are made by the same neighbor, it’s pretty clear that the neighbor has problems, and not the one grilling.