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Florida Man Fought the Law Over Unheard Jukebox Songs, and the Law Won

If you ever ask the cops, "What are you going to do, take me to jail?" you pretty much know the answer. And when you're raising hell in a bar at 2 a.m. because your songs didn't come on the jukebox, you're not leaving the cops much choice in the matter.

Florida man Michael Grzech got his answer in handcuffs after bartenders tried to close the bar before Grzech's selections seared the speakers at The Jetty Lounge in Fort Pierce. The only remaining questions? Was Grzech waiting on "Jukebox Hero" or "Closing Time"?

That One Florida Man

Perhaps unluckily for Grzech, there was a police officer in the bar when it was shutting down. According to that officer, Grzech, who appeared intoxicated, "was arguing with the bartenders because his songs didn't get played on the jukebox." Unswayed by both bartenders' contention they didn't control the music and by the officer's request that he leave, Grzech continued arguing and was eventually arrested and booked for trespassing. But not before this classic exchange, as related by Treasure Coast Newspapers:

"What are you going to do, take me to jail?" Grzech is quoted as saying.
The officer said yes.
Grzech, who could be described as a jukebox antihero, turned around and was handcuffed.

A Few Good Florida Men

Grzech's antics of course got us thinking of some other Florida men who've made the news, all within the last year:

Florida Man Arrested for Calling 911 to Help His Grandmother, Who Wasn't Having a Stroke

She was also not at the local Hooters, where Jonathan Clayton Hinkle tried to convince dispatchers to give him a ride. Instead he got a misdemeanor charge.

Florida Man Shoots Neighbor, Drives Dead Body to Lawyer's Office, Doesn't Get Indicted

It sounds like something out of a Carl Hiaasen novel, especially when you learn that the shooting was the result of a scuffle over real estate development.

Florida Man Arrested for Police Parody Twitter Account

Twitter parody accounts are nothing new -- President Donald Trump has over 50. So, what happens to the First Amendment when you're impersonating a department's Public Information Officer?

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