As soon as I saw the words “Walmart”…
in the same headline, this was my reaction:
…and I was not disappointed. The reports are still coming in, but here’s what WFLA 8 news had to say in their story titled Pasco deputies use Taser to remove individual from inside Walmart ceiling:
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) — An individual under the influence had to be removed from inside the ceiling of a New Port Richey Walmart Tuesday afternoon.
The incident occurred at the Walmart at the intersection of State Road 54 and Little Road.
It has not been specified how the person got into the crawl space above the ceiling, but Pasco deputies were able to get them down with the help of a Taser.
The Walmart was temporarily evacuated while deputies were working to coax the individual out of the ceiling and deputies are still on scene investigating the incident.
The story will be updated, which is a good thing, because I have many questions.
Because this is Florida, this is the second incident in a month where someone was hiding out in the ceiling of a store:
From the WLBT 3 story titled Deputies: Florida woman hides in store’s ceiling for six hours to try to avoid shoplifting arrest:
Around 7:30pm Thursday, the manager of a Big Lots store in Port Charlotte called the sheriff’s office when she suspected a woman was shoplifting. The manager told deputies that a woman had gone to the restroom with a shopping cart full of items and when the manager went to check on her, she found garbage cans blocking the door.
The manager warned the woman deputies were on their way and entered the restroom, only to find the woman wasn’t there and several tiles had been removed from the ceiling.
Deputies arrived and say they started removing ceiling tiles all over the store, spotting the woman several times, but say she ignored commands to give up and come down.
The store was evacuated in case the woman fell through the ceiling and the fire department was called to put up ladders and use thermal imaging to try to locate the woman. While searching, deputies say they found the woman’s purse and inside were three syringes and a spoon that tested positive for morphine.
I’ll close this post with this supercut video of people falling through drop ceilings: