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Tampa Bay Flak Jacket Death

Two Tampa Bay Cousins Test Out A Flak Jacket Thinking It’s A Bulletproof Vest, It Isn’t

Curiosity used to kill cats; now it has its sights set on a different kind of quarry. Two Tampa Bay cousins’ lives have been forever shattered with one fleeting moment of stupidity. Twenty-three-year-old Joaquin Mendez is dead while his cousin, 24-year-old Alexandro Garibaldi, is facing charges of manslaughter, according to the Tampa Bay Times, stemming from an incident in which the two men thought they were testing out a bulletproof vest.

Turns out it was a flak jacket, which wasn’t designed to stop a bullet in the least. When Garibaldi and Mendez decided to test out the resistance factor, Mendez drew the short straw. Enter the Tampa Police Department.

The lesson here is pretty clear. If you ever stumble across something you think might be a bulletproof vest and have the overwhelming urge to try it out, use a dummy first. Florida’s got millions of them. Just make sure they’re not the breathing kind.