Florida clerk who mistook body for mannequin fired

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- A 61-year-old front desk clerk at a Florida apartment complex has been fired after mistaking the body of a tenant for a mannequin and throwing it in a trash bin.

The Tampa Tribune reports that Ronald Benjamin told police he saw the body in the parking lot of the 16-story St. Petersburg apartment building early Wednesday and assumed someone put a mannequin there as part of an April Fool's Day prank.

A co-worker arrived and told him a body was in the parking lot, but he insisted it was a mannequin. He got a newspaper carrier and her son to help him toss the body in the garbage. A maintenance worker saw the body and called authorities.

Police say the body was that of a 96-year-old woman who jumped from her apartment balcony.


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