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Excitement At Our Local Publix! July 30, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, People.

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!


1. joyroses13 - July 30, 2019

LOL at you guys not calling the bomb squad about a water bottle!
I am glad all was OK with the “mysterious package” at Publix. Thanks for the laugh. 😃

nrhatch - July 30, 2019

I would HATE to foot the bill for all the rescue personnel who responded to the scene . . . and for all the frozen foods and other perishables that had to be left behind in shopping carts to spoil as shoppers were evacuated.

All because some Doofus decided to “play a prank” by planting a fake bomb and pulling the fire alarm. I hope they catch him AND I hope he has deep pockets to pay for the chaos he caused.

Why do I say “he”? Because it usually is, isn’t it?

joyroses13 - July 30, 2019

You are very right about the money that was wasted and yes hopefully the person does get caught!!

And yes, you are right about your last sentence too. 😉

nrhatch - July 30, 2019

But don’t worry, TG has an alibi. He was taking a nap while digesting a couple of boxes of Cheez-Its!

joyroses13 - July 30, 2019

I am cracking up for I had almost mentioned TG, I mean we know how much he likes water!! 😛

nrhatch - July 30, 2019

It’s because he used to live in the desert!

nrhatch - July 30, 2019

Whereas those who live FOR dessert often enjoy it with cup of coffee or a cordial.

joyroses13 - July 30, 2019


2. mybeautfulthings - July 30, 2019

Happy it was nothing more than a water bottle – but a bit of (safe) excitement is always good for the soul! 🙂

nrhatch - July 30, 2019

Yes, better a prank than an actual bomb . . . but what a waste of time and resources! Still, I’m delighted that our rescue personnel followed proper investigative protocol.

I do hope that the surveillance tapes show who planted the wired water bottle and who pulled the fire alarm. “He” should be required to perform a sufficient number of “public service” hours to counter-balance all the wasted man hours he caused!

mybeautfulthings - July 30, 2019

In full agreement. 🙂

3. Ally Bean - July 30, 2019

Oh man! What a prank. I’m glad all was well, but what a stupid mess for someone to intentionally create. What is wrong with people?

nrhatch - July 30, 2019

People can be such “silly rabbits” at times ~ with no rhyme nor reason to their shenanigans.

Here’s hoping the culprit is caught and has to serve countless hours of community service.

Ally Bean - July 30, 2019

I do hope the community service is picking up bottles and trash by the side of the road. There’d be a certain rightness to that punishment.

nrhatch - July 30, 2019

Yes! Or, perhaps, working at the recycling station separating bottles and caps. That would be cap-it-all punishment!

4. Jill Weatherholt - July 30, 2019

There went some of your tax dollars, Nancy. Shopping is a pleasure at Publix, when it’s BOGO!

nrhatch - July 30, 2019

When we got to the Island Publix, a West Manatee Fire and Rescue truck pulled into the parking lot and I thought, “Oh, no. It’s another targeted attack on Publix!”

Nope. Just two firemen picking up provisions for the fire house. I did tell them that they were at the wrong Publix before filling them in on our observations at the Beachway Plaza Publix.

And, yes, BOGO!!!

Jill Weatherholt - July 30, 2019

BOGO rocks!

nrhatch - July 30, 2019

People who think Publix is a No Go must not BOGO!

5. Tippy Gnu - July 30, 2019

That’s terrible. When they catch this “Water Bottle Terrorist,” I hope they waterboard him until he spills his guts.

nrhatch - July 30, 2019

Yep. This guy is a real hoser . . . he needs to be sent down the river with a bon voyage party that says, “you’re all washed up!”

joyroses13 - July 30, 2019

Can I just point out that it was a Water Bottle, Not a coffee mug! Just saying…..

Tippy Gnu - July 30, 2019

Just shows that even terrorists have good taste.

joyroses13 - July 30, 2019

….smacking my head…!

nrhatch - July 30, 2019

And not a liquor bottle either. 😛

Tippy Gnu - July 30, 2019

Good thing. Had a liquor bottle exploded, it would have poisoned the entire town.

nrhatch - July 30, 2019

I need a drink! 🙄

6. L. Marie - July 30, 2019

A water bottle?? Oh my word! Who is going to pay for all of that emergency service thanks to that???

nrhatch - July 30, 2019

My guess is that the culprit doesn’t have deep enough pockets to foot the bill . . . let’s hope I’m wrong. It would be satisfying to see him cover the cost!

7. Kate Crimmins - July 30, 2019

And this is why I prefer cats to people. Cats would never call the bomb squad unless their catnip patch was in danger.

nrhatch - July 30, 2019

Cats rule!

8. Behind the Story - July 30, 2019

Even if it’s just a false bomb alert, we must have our curiosity satisfied. I know how that feels. Seeing the unexplained incident, you need to hear the end of the story.

nrhatch - July 30, 2019

We thought we might catch it on the news last night, but if the story aired, we missed it. So I was glad when BFF spied the headline on our way to the pool. Mystery solved.

9. Debra - July 30, 2019

Think of the resources utilized to discover an unattended water bottle! I understand the caution and feel sorry that public agencies are forced to follow through on every call as though it is a true emergency. What an ordeal. But it did provide some entertainment! LOL!

nrhatch - July 30, 2019

It sounds like the water bottle looked ominous . . . with protruding wires, etc. You have to scratch your head at why someone would want to create a pseudo emergency that inconvenienced so many shoppers and store employees and response teams.

That said . . . the headline (standing alone) cracked me up!

10. dorannrule - July 31, 2019

Who woulda thought a water bottle could cause such alarm. Maybe shopping online is the way to go…but then I would miss the BFF part.

nrhatch - July 31, 2019

Someone pulled the fire alarm (probably after placing the water bottle with wires coming out of it in an adjacent trash can). When the fire department responded, a fireman noticed the wired bottle and bomb squad protocol was implemented.

Talk about the butterfly effect!

11. Joanne Sisco - August 1, 2019

This is one of those posts where the comment section is just as entertaining – if not more – than the original post. You punsters are hilarious! “Cap-it-all punishment” 😆

nrhatch - August 1, 2019

Glad you enjoyed my punny punishment! Haven’t heard yet whether the surveillance videos caught the guy who planted the wired bottle and/or pulled the alarm.

12. roughwighting - August 1, 2019

This is one of those smack-a-palm-on-the-forehead and think, “What is this world coming to?” ;–0

nrhatch - August 1, 2019

Yup. JoyRoses had written a post asking us to share a “Life is Stranger than Fiction” moment. I couldn’t think of one from the past, but this happened that afternoon. Voila!

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