Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Palms Internet Cafe
The Palms Internet Cafe, located in a strip center on Highways 441/27/301 near downtown Ocala, was the site of an attempted robbery by two 19-year old men last July. But these teens did not count on a 71-year old man with a gun. Samuel Williams, a patron, pulled out his .380 pistol and began shooting. The teens fled the scene but not before being shot and wounded by Mr. Williams. They were later captured and arrested by the police.
Mr. Williams is licensed to carry a concealed weapon and was not charged.
One of the teens, a former employee of the "cafe," hatched the robbery plot with a friend, thinking there would be a lot of cash available and that the cafe would be an easy mark.
Such Internet cafes, which provide food and drink for their patrons, are essentially gambling houses, or as someone else said, they use the Internet as "a portal to online gambling."
The State of Florida has, however, just recently passed a law banning such cafes. While I don't care at all about Internet cafes, this ban makes no sense to me, because one can gamble via the state-sponsored lottery and in casinos on Indian reservations throughout the state. But in Florida, hypocrisy is the name of the game. And you must remember, our governor, Rick Scott, is a hypocrit writ large, being the criminal who committed the largest case of Medicare fraud against the U.S. government in history!
To summarize: Never underestimate a 71-year old man with a concealed weapons permit. And if you want to gamble in Florida, you're now going to have to find somewhere other than an Internet cafe.
You an see a video of the attempted robbery here.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT2na0WG1uA