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alexandro-garibaldiTAMPA, FL – We have another Darwin Award nominee after a man was charged with fatally shooting his cousin to see if a bulletproof vest was in working order.

Police found 23-year-old Joaquin Mendez outside of a home with a gunshot wound to the chest. They were told by his cousin, 24-year-old Alexandro Garibaldi, that he found his cousin like that after hearing a gunshot.

However, witnesses told a completely different story. They said Mendez had put on a bulletproof vest and sat in a chair while wondering aloud “whether it still worked.”

The cousins found out it didn’t after Garibaldi allegedly pulled out a handgun and said “Let’s see,” before shooting Mendez in the chest. Police would find the bloody vest inside the home.

Mendez would be pronounced dead at the hospital while Garibaldi was arrested and charged with manslaughter. He was being held Sunday without bond.

Before anyone decides to post the obligatory “Floriduh” comment, these two are not the only ones we have featured on DD who found out a bullet-proof vest did not work. We had a 21-year-old California man was charged after killing his friend while testing out a bulletproof vest, and a South Carolina teen was charged after she shot and killed a man while doing the same thing.

This site may make it seem otherwise, but Florida doesn’t have a lock on stupid people. They’re everywhere.

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  • Bob Saccamanno

    Also in the lead in the “asshole of the month” contest.


    Kramer said you had rabies! :O What are you still doing around?

  • Not again!

    There’s a reason why more people are calling these vests “bullet-resistant” instead of bullet proof.

  • There bullet proof vests are not resistant to Darwin bullets

  • Omg the idiocy ????

  • Do I really need to say it? We all know what the issue is here… right? It’s the first thing in the article! Alright, I’ll say it… FLORIDA!

  • Joseph Whitney

  • Bob Saccamanno

    Kramer lies constantly.

  • “He was up and Joaquin around, man. Thought we could just Mendez vest and call it a win, but then he collapsed and started doin’ the flippin’-chicken on the porch”


  • Josh

    Someone probably sold him a life preserver.

  • lar0817

    I learned the hard way (at the age of 14) what firing a gun at a tree will do, so I have one word for you: ricochet. Although, the vest might prevent that.

  • TexasStacy

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! Oh fuck, I hope they haven’t bred!!!! That amount of stupidity could be hereditary!!!

  • Inferus

    Couldn’t they sue the manufacturer? Seems like the perfect lawsuit for an ambulance chaser who needs bus bench advertising.

  • Inferus

    So you DON’T have a squeaky voice?

  • Inferus


  • Tenbux

    Something I’ve been wondering about these situations: Richard Davis has done the whole “shoot himself in the vest” demonstration 100+ times (plug the name into youtube) and hasn’t blown himself away. Why do these idiots keep dying from it?

  • LuvsHorror

    And my ads are for bullet proof vests. So funny.

  • Sejanus

    you get what you pay for.