Ah, Kansas City … the Panama City Beach of the Midwest. I’ve never been to either place, so that may be a little bit of a cheap shot, but all is fair in love and internet-ing.
When I first saw 36-year-old Bridget DePriest’s mugshot, I immediately assumed she was from Florida? Is that, like, Stateism (racism against states?)? Little bit, yeah. But I’ve been working on the internet for quite some time now, so I can promise you that Florida no longer deserves the benefit of the doubt.
Alas, DePriest was not arrested in Florida, but in Kansas City, after she allegedly set several fires on the Kauffman Stadium (where the Kansas City Royals play) grass. DePriest was caught by a ballpark security guard around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6, after he shined a flashlight and saw her on the field. DePriest was arrested by Kansas City police and charged with trespassing and open burning.
via Fox 4 KC:
Police say Bridget Depriest claimed to have entered the ballpark through a gate Tuesday at 8 a.m. The Royals say they haven’t found any evidence yet that she’d been in the stadium that long.
As stadium security checked the major league diamond, they found garbage left behind and evidence that Depriest had set three small fires on the stadium’s well manicured turf.
Small burn marks scarring what most fans know to be a lush green landscape were quickly cleaned up by the team’s grounds crew this morning.
At this time, the Royals are still investigating DePriest got into the ballpark, as there is no evidence that she could have been in the ballpark since Tuesday at 8 a.m.
“There’s no indication that she was in the building for as long as she supposedly told police,” said Toby Cook, Royals’ vice president of publicity. “The only time we have seen her on surveillance video has been after dark.”
If that ain’t a story that belongs in Florida, I don’t know what is.