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Horsing Around at Starbucks

While fun, wearing a mask or other head covering is illegal for people aged 16 or older while in public in Florida.

A gorilla and a horse walk into a Starbucks. 

No, it is not the start of a bad joke. Two men dressed in slacks and black jackets came into the to sip water Tuesday. 

Although they were served the beverages, they could have been asked to leave.

According to Florida statute 876.12:

Wearing mask, hood, or other device on public way.—No person or persons over 16 years of age shall, while wearing any mask, hood, or device whereby any portion of the face is so hidden, concealed, or covered as to conceal the identity of the wearer, enter upon, or be or appear upon any lane, walk, alley, street, road, highway, or other public way in this state.

What do you think: Is this just a case of summer fun, horsing around, or something more serious? And have you seen these guys anywhere else around town? Post a comment below.

Jared Leone June 19, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I think your pictures really capture the moment!
Chris June 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM
That law makes it illegal to wear a full-face motorcycle helmet while riding. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. <sigh>
Darth Xander June 20, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Not to be a know-it-all, but as an Anonymous protester I do have some familiarity with Florida's mask law. The cited provision is subject to the following applicability section, which basically says you can't wear a mask IF you intend on doing bad things. How do police determine intent? Good question. 876.155 Applicability; ss. 876.12-876.15.—The provisions of ss. 876.12-876.15 apply only if the person was wearing the mask, hood, or other device: (1) With the intent to deprive any person or class of persons of the equal protection of the laws or of equal privileges and immunities under the laws or for the purpose of preventing the constituted authorities of this state or any subdivision thereof from, or hindering them in, giving or securing to all persons within this state the equal protection of the laws; (2) With the intent, by force or threat of force, to injure, intimidate, or interfere with any person because of the person’s exercise of any right secured by federal, state, or local law or to intimidate such person or any other person or any class of persons from exercising any right secured by federal, state, or local law; (3) With the intent to intimidate, threaten, abuse, or harass any other person; or (4) While she or he was engaged in conduct that could reasonably lead to the institution of a civil or criminal proceeding against her or him, with the intent of avoiding identification in such a proceeding.
Jared Leone June 20, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Thanks for the additional info Alex!
Jeffrey Rosenfield June 20, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Just thinking, perhaps the people were under 16?

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