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Florida Man Fired After Mistaking Corpse for Mannequin

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A Florida apartment concierge who mistook the dead body of a 96-year-old resident for a mannequin has been fired, local media report.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 9:20 am
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A Florida apartment concierge who mistook the dead body of a 96-year-old resident for a mannequin has been fired, local media report.

The man thought the corpse was part of an April Fools' Day joke when he saw it early on Tuesday in the city of St Petersburg.

Police say the elderly woman, Nancy Yates, had jumped from her 16th-floor balcony and left a suicide note.

Police are reportedly trying to contact her relative, who lives in England.

The concierge sought the help of a newspaper delivery woman and her son to move the body to a bin, where it was found hours later by a janitor.

Officials say the concierge will not be charged because detectives believe he sincerely thought the woman's body was a mannequin, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Pat B (356)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 9:35 am
One never knows the problems and heartaches of others, without knowing them. How sad. RIP, Ms. Yates.

Dan Nickerson (180)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 10:28 am
Okay, weird news story of the day. Should someone be fired for not being too bright? I guess someone can confuse human flesh with that of a mannequin and human blood as red paint.

. (0)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 11:29 am
I can't respond better than Dan....

Barbara K (60)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 12:39 pm
Oops! I suppose if one works with mannequins a lot, it would be possible to think someone was playing a joke on April Fools Day; but do they make mannequins so well that they seem human now? Well look what they can come up with for movies. Poor Ms. Yates, her loneliness must have been just unbearable, and with only one relative who lives in another country, she must have had no one. RIP, dear lady.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 1:28 pm
Hm, a quite strange story..if it was on 1st April that would be the only excuse for it seems rather unusual to have mannequins laying around on the ground outside. Really, nothing left to say but RIP Ms Yates.

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 2:38 pm
Very ODD story. Not sure how one confuses a dead human corpse with a mannequin. Very sad 4 the poor RIP Ms. Yates

Vallee R (280)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 2:58 pm
Life never falls to amaze me!

JL A (281)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 3:01 pm
Bizarre indeed.

pam w (139)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 3:47 pm
Oh, good grief!

Dawn M (142)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 5:07 pm

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 5:18 pm
I am speechless

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 5:50 pm
?.....RIP....too many are Elderly alone and depressed, sad her life had to end this way. Check on any Elders a kind word can mean all the difference to them. Everyone needs someone to acknowledge they exist.

Susanne R (235)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 10:01 pm
Personally, I've never seen a mannequin that looks anything like a 96-year old woman. I can't imagine what the concierge and the people who assisted him were thinking. I hope Nancy Yates has someone who cares about her and who will see to it that she has a proper burial. What a sad way to live and what a sad way to die.

Panchali Yapa (26)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 3:12 am
Thank you

Cynthia Davis (340)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 7:46 am
Do they make loose skin, wrinkled mannequins these day?

kate K (481)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 11:37 am

Judith Hand (55)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 3:24 pm
Noted and followed up with Tampa Bay Times article. I can only imagine what the Brits think of us now, after reading this article. Manishewitz!!! Beyond that, how horrible, on all counts.

Jonathan H (0)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 3:31 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 3:44 pm
I must admit that I had to rub my eyes and read this twice.....unbelievable!

Kathleen R (138)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 4:14 pm
Sad article ... hard to believe one can't tell a corpse from a mannequin.

Joanne D (38)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 4:46 pm
Years ago, I lived in a fourplex wwhere one of the other tenanta had severe chronic pain issues. She had a surgucally implanted TENS unit but also prescriptions. The second year I was there she met a nice guy and started losing a lot of weight. Obviously this messed with her pain meds. One morning she was sitting crosslegged on the lawn and lost consciousness. It happened to be October 31st. Several people passed by thinking she was a display. One woman took a second look. It was early enough I hadn't left the house yet so when the good samaritan started pounding on doors I answered and of course called 911. In our time zone and part of the country it was also pretty dark at that time. I was less amazed that people thought she was a display dummy than that one person was conscientious enough to make sure.

Heidi Aubrey (5)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 9:11 pm
Talk about "slow" people! I don't know how he managed to pass his interview for the job.

Nancy C (806)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 5:36 pm
RIP Nancy Yates. Sounds too incredible to me...

Frances Darcy (133)
Friday April 11, 2014, 8:43 am
Strange that 3 people made the mistake.... very strange

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 12, 2014, 1:15 pm
Was that way with my x loved one..corpse..or mannequin ?
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