Bartender’s advice leads to arrest in Key West buoy fire

Always remember to tip your waiter, if you know what is good for you.

A tourist made a big impression at a Key West bar by ordering drinks three times on New Years Eve without leaving a tip. This made it easy for staff to locate him after police released a webcam video showing vandals setting a Christmas tree on fire.

Arson caused more than $ 5,000 in damage to the city’s iconic buoy marking the southernmost point in the United States and sent the ‘Coconut Telegraph’ gossip chain on high alert , the Miami Herald reported on Tuesday.

Like other townspeople, bartender Cameron Briody watched the video and recognized the 21-year-old who knocked him out at Irish Kevin’s on Key West’s famous Duval Street. “I knew immediately that I had served him and that he had used a card, so his name would be on the slips,” Briody told the Herald.

The bar’s general manager, Daylin Starks, turned to the tapes of the “ton of cameras” that watch the bar every night and matched the credit card receipts to the time-stamped videos of the man and his friend. 22 years old.

“We could follow them all the time, inside and outside the bar,” Starks said. “We could see them getting rejected by all the girls they were trying to hit on.”

Armed with their IDs and matching their movements to vandalism on the street, police quickly announced arrest warrants for vandalism suspects, and city workers quickly restored the 20-ton concrete monument, which claims that it is only 90 miles from Cuba. Visitors to Key West were eager to pose for more photos on the spot.

“We’ve all been that age and made stupid mistakes and we’re just learning from them,” Starks told The Associated Press Tuesday. “So I hope that’s what they do, is to learn from the mistake.”

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