Butter Knife Bandit Arrested in St. Petersburg: A Wild Spring Break Mistake.

Spring break is the time of year when college students flock to Florida to drink, party, and make poor life decisions. But according to The Smoking Gun, this tradition has now extended to middle-aged real estate executives from Missouri.

Meet Clifford Edwards, a 52-year-old man who decided to take a break from selling houses in Springfield to key someone’s car in Florida. And not just any car, mind you, but a 2023 Nissan Altima. That’s right, the car of the future is already being vandalized by time-traveling delinquents from the Midwest.

But how did Clifford do it, you ask? Did he use a crowbar? A hammer? A chainsaw? No, my friends, he used the deadliest weapon of all: a butter knife. That’s right, a butter knife. If you’re going to commit a felony, you might as well do it with some style and finesse.

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When confronted by the car’s owners, Clifford reportedly laughed and ran away like a kid who just TP’d his neighbor’s house. But he didn’t get very far, because the cops were able to track him down using the phone number he had left at the restaurant where he was dining. Talk about leaving a paper trail.

And what was Clifford’s excuse for his criminal behavior? He claimed it was all just a “spring break mistake.” Because, you know, keying someone’s car is a totally normal and acceptable thing to do when you’re on vacation.

In the end, Clifford was arrested and charged with felony criminal mischief. His wife had to bail him out, which I’m sure made for an awkward conversation on the car ride home. But hey, at least he’ll have a good story to tell at his next real estate conference. “So there I was, in Florida on spring break, and I decided to key a car with a butter knife…”

Spring Break Destination Deals

If you haven’t booked travel yet, the time to do so is now for the best deals and options. Here are some of the best Spring Break destination deals. These stats are according the experts at InsureMyTrip. To come up with this latest list, the travel insurance company analyzed travel data to find which popular spring break destination offers travelers the best overall deal.

As of now, the average cost of a trip for travelers who are insured is $8,610. In addition that cost is for those traveling in March or April this year. Inflation has hit almost every aspect of our lives. That includes spring break travel. The average trip for insured Spring Break travelers last year was $7061. To sum it up, this years trip is $1,500 more.

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It might be a surprise to some, however, Italy is on the list of destination deals for travelers looking for a Spring Break getaway

However, there is some good news. Believe it or not, these researchers actually found a spot that will cost less this year: Dominican Republic.  Meanwhile, Italy saw the largest price hike, but it still  makes the top five destinations list.

Spring Break travel insurance

The stats here are from a travel insurance company, a business that has grown a lot of the years. Especially when considering the uncertainty of our world. Travel insurance covers everything from trip cancelations to medical emergencies. The later is something to consider when traveling abroad. Do your research here. Compare costs and coverages before purchasing.

If you are traveling out of the country for spring or summer break, be sure toe check your passport. Experts say it take a little longer this time of year to update them. Many travel destinations require the passport not expire within six months of travel. In the meantime, here is a list of the top five best Spring Break destination deals to help with your planning.