BREAKING: Vladimir Putin has been arrested. pic.twitter.com/PVu1FJNc6Z— Eric Hoteham (@erichoteham) August 30, 2016
Law enforcement in West Palm Beach, Florida, arrested Vladimir Putin for refusing to leave a grocery store.
No, we are not talking about the strong-armed Russian president.
Police detained the 48-year-old man, who is obviously not Donald Trump’s pal, at a Publix supermarket in the city’s downtown on Aug. 21. Apparently, Putin was screaming at the store’s employees and customers after he allegedly missed his ride — which, everyone would agree, could never happen to his namesake.
As the West Palm Beach TV reports, Putin entered the store and yelled at the staff. He left the property but returned shortly thereafter, claiming he had missed the ride he had arranged. The store manager then called the police who arrived shortly and charged the upset guest with trespassing and resisting an officer without violence.
Putin appeared in court on Monday where a judge ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation.
Reports said he initially refused to give the police his name — it is not clear if he was trying to keep his identity a secret or just did not want the cops to think he was mocking them.
He is currently being held in the Palm Beach County Jail on a $1,000 bond, according to court records.
Meanwhile, Twitterati had a field day with the news.
Now the Russian Embassy in US will have to confirm that Vladimir Putin was not arrested in Florida.— Russian Market (@russian_market) August 30, 2016
.@realDonaldTrump Do you or your campaign have an official statement about Vladimir Putin being arrested at Publix?— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) August 30, 2016
@erichoteham Poor Putin. Just being president and all. In jail.— Gordon Zar (@majorendian) August 30, 2016
The other Vladimir Putin (the president of Russia) is 63 years old and grew up in Saint Petersburg — just in case someone was wondering.