Blogger Rachel Moran probably brutalizes the homeless for kicks
It all started when Rachel, her sister, and two guys called Eddie and Mark went out for drinks at some Tampa bay bar. Eddie, ever the raconteur regaled his friends with a story about punching a homeless guy:
Eddie also had an interesting story to tell about a homeless man, in Naples, who asked him for a dollar. Eddie told him no and got in his Caddy and the homeless guy started punching the glass, so Eddie got out of the Caddy and the homeless guy punched him in the jaw and Eddie left the homeless guy twitching in the street.
Then some dude with bad hair came up behind her sister:
He told us this story at Mastry’s during the second round and when he was done, me and Lil Sis went up to the bar to order more. I was waiting for the bartender to come around when this scraggly-haired homeless guy comes up behind Lil Sis.
He had his claw extended at her and he was probably about to touch her hair, because she is startlingly platinum blond and the light at Mastry’s flickered an excellent, sexy pale blue onto her hair, like she was in a video game where she was, like, the leader of a gang of fierce cougar-girl mutants or something.
You got that..right? He was probably going to touch Rachel's sister's hair. Probably. So Rachel ordered him to back up. He froze. An argument ensued.
Long story short, Rachel and her friends kicked the shit out of a guy for probably being about to touch her little sister's hair. (Update: Upon rereading Rachel's post, it doesn't explicitly say that the kids hurt the homeless guy. I think some physical violence is implied in Rachel's description, especially given the reactions of the onlookers. But I was reading too much into the text when I concluded that they did serious physical harm to the guy in the bar.)
Other people in the bar thought it was hilarious:
At the bar, a man with an eyepatch said to his friend, “Now, that was good. That whole thing. That was why you go out on a Saturday night,” which made me imagine lots of exciting reasons for why he had lost an eye.
Then they all went back to their fancy drinks and Eddie told another funny story about beating up a homeless person:
At the table, Eddie was a little heated still and started to tell another story about how he had beaten up some other homeless guy.
The friends got to talking...
We have decided that the homeless problem in St. Petersburg is becoming entirely out of control. Part of the problem is that a bunch of idiot liberal ‘Burgers will just stand there and let homeless people ramble on at them and then fumble for money or let themselves get yelled at when they don’t have any. I seriously know girls who are, like, afraid of downtown during certain times now, which is horrendous, because, for Christ’s sake, this is St. Petersburg, not Manhattan.
Eventually, they hit on a plan...
We are thinking about proving this nuisance and need for civil action by making a short film called “Eddie Rolls on the Homeless,” whereby Mark secretly videotapes me and Lil Sis in a variety of situations to see how many homeless people approach us and, then, how many of these situations escalate into harrassment. Then, he’s gonna videotape Eddie in the same scenarios, only Eddie is going to beat up every homeless person who escalates the contact after being told that his panhandling is illegal and annoying.
In an addendum to her original post, Rachel insists that she was just kidding about the whole homeless baiting on video thing. Maybe she's kidding about the video, but her friend Eddie admits that he's brutalized more than one homeless guy already.
If these kids weren't rich and white, we'd call them what they are: A dangerous gang.
Tampa Bay blogger Michael Hussey is encouraging residents to call the local police if they saw the incident atMastry's in Tampa Bay last Saturday night or have any information about this Eddie guy and his self-proclaimed history of violence against the homeless.
Update: Police in St. Petersburg, Florida are also looking for three teenagers who allegedly shot and killed two transients on Wednesday.