A 21-year-old man is facing charges after being videotaped eating breakfast in the middle of a busy Central Florida intersection, local police say.
According to a release by Lakeland Police, the department received a report at around 10:50 a.m. on March 21 that a man — later identified as Kiaron Thomas — was sitting in a chair with a small table enjoying breakfast food items in the crosswalk of the eastbound lanes of Memorial Boulevard and Brunnell Parkway.
In a video uploaded to Facebook, a shirtless Thomas in green pajama pants and fuzzy slippers can be seen devouring pancakes and scrambled eggs, while the camera man bursts into a fit of laughter.
While they found the events humorous, drivers did not and promptly dialed 911.
“There’s a gentleman sitting in the middle of the road with a folding table dating. Eating. Just sitting on the middle of the road eating with a chair and a folding table,” one caller told a 911 dispatcher, per the Orlando Sentinel.
Another caller said, “one of the guys has got a mouth full of gold teeth, cussing everybody. It ain’t unusual, they’re fools.”
Once responding officers arrived on the scene, Thomas was nowhere to be found.
Two days later, Neighborhood Liaison officers tracked down Thomas after the video was shared with the department and several Facebook friends tagged him in the video. Thomas lives approximately 100 yards south of the intersection of the incident, police said.
Thomas told officers the stunt was a prank — actions police didn’t find amusing.
“I think they are stupid. It may have been a prank but it wasn’t a good idea because you’re putting other people in danger,” said Lakeland Police Sergeant Gary Gross.
Thomas was charged with placing an obstruction in the roadway and disrupting the free flow of traffic. His next court date is set for April 25.