He pulled up a chair to a portable table and poured syrup over the golden pancakes.
He wore patterned green pajama pants and fuzzy-trimmed slippers and was set to enjoy breakfast. The only problem? He was in the middle of a busy Central Florida street.
Lakeland police say they got a call Tuesday about 10:50 a.m. about a man sitting in a chair at a TV table in the crosswalk of Memorial Boulevard at Brunnell Parkway.
He had a bottle of syrup and pancakes with what appeared to be bacon and scrambled eggs on a plate in front of him. He was chowing down.
“There’s a gentlemen sitting in the middle of the road with a folding table eating. Eating. Just sitting in the middle of road eating with a chair and a folding table,” a man told a 911 dispatcher.
Video shows several vehicles stopping and trying to navigate around him. The person filming is heard laughing from the side of road.
Police said the man left before officers arrived, but they later found a video of the breakfast break on Facebook, where several people had tagged the alleged eater.
They went back to the intersection Thursday and found a suspect, Kiaron Thomas, 21, living about 100 yards away.
Thomas told investigators the whole thing was a prank, police said. He was cited on charges of placing an obstruction in the roadway and disrupting the free flow of traffic.
Police issued a court date for him in April.
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