Sh*t Happened 3/30/17: Hillsborough public utility working a side hustle, Brexit countdown commences

How's your morning going? Is it the kind where the birds are singing, you fee lucky to be alive and everything just seems right with the world, or is it the real kind where you're not kidding yourself so hard you might strain an organ? Breathe deep, my friend. You're not alone.

Some Hillsborough County water utility users are a little miffed about an official-looking letter they got signed by Public Facilities Director George Cassady that's actually pimping a product by a private company, reportedly in exchange for the county getting a kickback from product sales. Cassady says it's an introduction to the company rather than an endorsement, and that there's nothing illegal about the deal. Um, yeah — "I'm technically not breaking the rules" makes it sound a hell of a lot less shady, for sure.

You might ask yourself, "Hey, what's going on in Lakeland?" Well, there was that alligator that moseyed on up to a homeowner's front door. And then there were the two 14-year-old kids who stole a gun from one of their fathers and used it to hold up a stranger. Or how about the guy who was arrested for 65 counts of molesting kids under 12, or the other 14-year-old with a gun, who brought it to school after making threats on social media? That seems a little busy with the crazy even for Florida. (There's also the after-school program under investigation after leaving a child locked in its van, but that's, like, a weekly occurrence around here, really.)

And finally, all the buyer's remorse in the world apparently couldn't stop the UK from going ahead and delivering its Dear John letter to the European Union and starting the two-year Brexit countdown clock. How long ago did the British poet John Donne write that no man is an island? Nearly 400 years? What's the definition of irony again? 


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