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  1. #1 Never Bring A Palm Frond To A Bar Stool Fight. 
    Palm Frond Used As Weapon In 'Most Bizarre' Central Fla. Store Robbery

    POSTED: 1:34 pm EDT June 19, 2008
    UPDATED: 7:06 am EDT June 20, 2008

    DELAND, Fla. -- A Central Florida man armed only with a large palm frond robbed a store in a crime described by police as one of the most bizarre they've ever seen.

    IMAGES: Man Armed With Palm Frond

    Police said Gelando Olivieri attempted to rob the V&F Discount Beverage store in DeLand by threatening harm with a spiked Spanish bayonet, a palmetto-like plant with sharp points on its leaves.

    "The man came in with the branch. I have never seen anything like this," owner Goutam Sarkar told the DeLand-Deltona Beacon Thursday.

    Surveillance video showed Olivieri wildly waving the palm frond in front of a worker's face.

    Investigators said Olivieri threatened to use the leaves to stab if he wasn't given $50.

    "(The plant) was sharp," Sarkar said.

    Before any money was exchanged, Oliveiri was chased out of the store by a man armed with a bar stool.
    Of course, it's Florida. Where else would this happen? Video at link.

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    I would have given him $20 just for the free entertainment. That must have been funny to watch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    He just couldn't leaf well enough alone.
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