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  • Another radio station prank goes awry.

    Radio stations' 'inmates' scare motorists

    LAND O'LAKES, Florida (AP) -- A radio station stunt that had three listeners dressed up like escaped jail inmates went awry Friday when dozens of people called police. The resulting ruckus tied up traffic during morning rush hour, authorities said.

    The three people, shackled and dressed in what appeared to be jail uniforms, were competing to try to get motorists to give them a ride, Pasco County sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said. The first one back to the studios of Tampa station WXTB-FM - 98 Rock - would win a trip to Los Angeles in conjunction with a new Fox television show called "Prison Break."

    But after 30 or 40 calls from "terrified" motorists and residents, sheriff's deputies responded in force and took them into custody for real, Doll said. They were released after about an hour.

    "We took it quite seriously and responded with every available deputy we had in that area," Doll said.

    No charges were filed, because the bogus inmates didn't forcefully try to get in any of the cars. But deputies still aren't happy about the stunt.

    Doll said Florida law would have allowed motorists and deputies to shoot them if they were seen to pose a threat.

    A message left with the radio station wasn't immediately returned Friday.

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  • #2
    Gotta give them an "A" on the originality scale, but perhaps a call to the local police department about it before hand might have been in order.

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    • #3
      In a location where a citizen can shoot escapees who pose a threat, one would be very very careful about posing as one.
      Make America Great For Once.

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      • #4
        They'd be dead before law enforcement got there had this taken place in Texas.

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        • #5
          If you saw some guys in prison attire running towards you or your family, wouldn't you shoot first, and ask questions later?

          Don't give me that only in Texas BS.
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          • #6
            screw shooting them, run their asses over!

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            • #7
              I blame the fucking cell phones for this whole mess.

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              • #8
                Personally, I find this hilarious.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by The Kev@Aug 16 2005, 05:19 PM
                  If you saw some guys in prison attire running towards you or your family, wouldn't you shoot first, and ask questions later?

                  Don't give me that only in Texas BS.
                  Texas is the only state that I know of that allows you to carry a loaded weapon in your vehicle.

                  You got a Texas complex or what?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by steveInebriated@Aug 16 2005, 07:57 PM
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Iowa_Card+Aug 16 2005, 06:50 PM-->
                        QUOTE(Iowa_Card @ Aug 16 2005, 06:50 PM)

                      • #13
                        Originally posted by BurnKU+Aug 16 2005, 08:02 PM-->
                        QUOTE(BurnKU @ Aug 16 2005, 08:02 PM)
                        Originally posted by [email protected] 16 2005, 06:50 PM

                      • #14
                        I'm still not sure where it went awry. No one got hurt or killed and the station got the publicity it was looking for.

                        Blue

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                        • #15
                          Originally posted by Bluebird@Aug 17 2005, 07:38 AM
                          I'm still not sure where it went awry. No one got hurt or killed and the station got the publicity it was looking for.

                          Blue
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                          Sounds like the promo waw a smashing success.
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