Theft is one of the biggest problems beach-goers face every summer because, frankly, there is no where safe to stash your phone or your wallet while you’re out enjoying the surf or off grabbing a burger at the snack shack. That’s a frustrating dilemma, sure, but this year it looks like small valuables are no longer the only target.
Gawker reported that the man recording the video above was on a trip with his family at New Smyrna Beach in Florida over July 4 weekend when he noticed a pair of women dismantling their large canopy tent.
The man approached them, not raising any alarms, and asked if the tent belongs to them. When they told him that it does but they don’t know how to take it down, he made the big reveal that they have allegedly been caught red-handed. It didn’t take long before the two got defensive and tried to snatch the beach-goer’s phone, and while it would be incredible to see what happened next, the video unfortunately cuts out.
Thankfully Gawker managed to get in touch with the man who recorded it and got the details on how the altercation wrapped up.
If I were to judge a book by its cover, theft would not have been my first thought. I honestly thought they were being neighborly because NSB is Mayberry on the beach. I was surprised when they said it was theirs and stuck with the story. They were grasping for straws by saying my oldest son’s beach toy belonged to them. I offered to let them move along but the one woman “was not making it slide.”
Her partner aka Tankini threatened to “take that camera and put it in the grass.” There wasn’t a blade of grass in sight so you know she meant business. She slapped at my phone, scratching the screen with a ring. I thought it was hilarious that this lady that was clearly in the wrong was actually coming at me. I did not intentionally stop the recording.
The man’s account to Gawker added that they then fled the scene, claiming that they needed to call someone to help “clarify what they were doing.”
WKMG, a local CBS television affiliate, reported that beach patrol were called to the scene but that the women were not present when they arrived. Officials said that while the man could have pressed charges of grand theft and simple battery, he did not want to do so.
The TV station also said they spoke with the husband of one of the women seen in the video, and that he claims the only issue at hand was some confusion.
Local 6 spoke with the husband of Linda Kelley, the woman in the red swimsuit in the video. He said the incident was a misunderstanding.
According to Kelley, the women thought the family’s beach things belonged to their friends and they were asked to pack up the items.
That’s a plausible excuse, but their response in the video is a bit strange for someone who simply made a mistake. It’s frustrating but there is simply no way of knowing what really happened, so the sweet justice of publicly shaming these alleged beach thieves on the Internet will just have to do.