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Excitement At Our Local Publix! July 30, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, People.
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Yesterday, BFF and I headed to Publix (“where shopping is a pleasure”) to get groceries.

On arrival, we noted throngs of people milling about the perimeter of the parking lot.  The parking lot proper had been cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape.  Ambulances, Police Cars, and Fire Trucks populated the almost empty lot as officials scurried about with walkie-talkies.

“Hey, BFF.  It looks like there’s been a bomb threat.”

“You think?”

“I do.  Why else would they cordon off the entire parking lot?”

As BFF continued to drive toward the scene, we saw a van emblazoned with “Bomb Squad” on the side, confirming our suspicions.

At the perimeter of the scene, we asked a police officer for a quick recounting.

All he would say is that a “suspicious package” had been found near the entrance to Publix and that they had evacuated all the stores in the shopping center.  He thought the stores would be reopening “soon.”

We decided not to stick around.  Instead, we headed to the Island Publix to stock up on essentials.

This morning as we were walking up to the pool, BFF saw this headline in the Bradenton Herald paper sitting in our neighbor’s driveway:

Suspicious Package outside Bradenton Publix turns out to be a Water Bottle

Curiosity satisfied, we continued to the pool where we found an empty water bottle leaning up against the pool shed.

We did NOT call the bomb squad since the empty bottle was not adorned with wires or otherwise connected to an incendiary device.

Aah . . . that’s better!