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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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