Sh*t happened 12/02/14: Thanksgiving monkey, Golden Spoons & more


Yesterday was — well, let's face it: yesterday was the quintessential Monday after Thanksgiving. 

Tampa Police released portions of audio from a number of Thanksgiving Day 911 calls in which residents reported seeing a monkey on the loose near the Hillsborough River. Obviously some Turkey Day revelers got tryptophan mixed up with, er, something else.

Florida Trend announced its latest list of Golden Spoon-rated best restaurants in the state, which included three Tampa spots for Best New Restaurant (Rooster & The Till, Roux and Ulele), one in St. Pete (Annata) and one in St. Pete Beach (Castile). Here's hoping there won't be too much of a lull between the time the people who ate at these places first give them up as over-exposed, and when that crowd is replaced by one that can actually afford to eat at them on the regular.

A Tampa Bay Times article covered allegations that Bay area "homeless program" New Beginnings exploits its residents, using them for unpaid labor selling concessions at professional sporting events, among other jobs. So these people have a home and a job, but nothing in their pockets at the end of the day? Some people might just call that "participating in the American economy."

Former Tampa mayoral candidate and activist Becky Rubright confirmed the end of her campaign with the press. At this point, it's looking certain that incumbent Bob Buckhorn will run unopposed, and Tampa will retain its current official slogan: "Still not Portland, obviously."

And finally, Bloomberg reported yesterday that some separated uber-rich couples share custody of their pets by flying them coast-to-coast on luxury private jets, paying an average of $67,000 per trip. But before you decide that's the final straw, give up on the human condition, murder your family and then immolate yourself in the living room of your foreclosed home, remember: Some folks with far worse problems than yours are out there selling shitty beer all day to crushing lines of loaded, belligerent Bucs fans, and not even getting paid for it.

(Monkey image courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, via Wikimedia Commons.)

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