By on May 13, 2020

A Chevy Silverado owner in Florida snapped and attempted to run down a gas station attendant following a heated argument about fuel pumps. Frankly, we can’t imagine how anyone could be unhappy with fuel prices being so low, but this is Florida, a state whose motto of “In God We Trust” seems far less fitting than my proposed alternative of “Check This Out.”

America’s infamous panhandle is a wellspring of weirdness and, in true Florida fashion, the latest event is as terrifying as it is hysterical. While attempting to assault someone with a motor vehicle holds little humor in itself, watching that person fail as their agitated target (who had to get in the last word) takes a near-perfect pratfall offers so much instant relief, the mind can’t help itself.

The incident began when 34-year-old Brandon Bingaman needed to refuel his truck and chose a spot near Panama City. Accounts allege that Bingaman got into a heated argument with the clerk after going inside to pre-pay for fuel. The truck owner apparently forgot to tell her he wanted diesel and had issues after returning to his pickup. Things worsened from there, with video footage showing the argument continuing outside before the pickup swings around and attempts to ram her in front of the store’s entrance.

This is when the magic happens. Barricades designed to prevent just such an incident manage to stop the Silverado from turning her into paste while she falls perfectly backwards against the door. While one can’t help but laugh, repeat viewings show exactly how close the clerk was from taking a permanent vacation. We’ve no clue how she stopped herself from diving out of the way, though the surveillance footage is definitely richer for it.

 

Local outlet WVIR-TV reported that the Bay County Sheriff’s Office has already taken Bingaman into custody and charged him with aggravated assault. He fled the scene after the incident, but witnesses and video evidence helped identify him. Law enforcement also verified that the argument become heated long before either of them went back outside and the truck was used as weapon — with Bingaman complaining about his wife while paying, then bickering with the clerk about getting the pumps working.

While attempted murder charges are a possibility, the Chevy nose-dives before smacking into the parking bollards. The driver may have been only attempting to scare the clerk but, boy, what a bad way to go about it. It also doesn’t look like he would have had sufficient room to stop had the barricades not been there.

The fracas occurred on May 6th; authorities took possession of Mr. Bingaman less than a day later. The clerk claims the man was not specific about what type of fuel he wanted and became furious after he realized she didn’t turn on the diesel pump. From there, she claims to have activated the applicable nozzle, though the pickup owner continued having issues and ultimately demanded a refund. The ensuring argument between them seemed to be the final straw for Bingaman, and you can see the clerk offing a few angry words seconds before he comes back with the truck.

[Image: WVIR-TV/YouTube]

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71 Comments on “Florida Gas Station Video Shows Pickup Driver Snapping, Attempting to Run Down Clerk...”


  • avatar
    JimC2

    #floridaman

    .following

    :popcorn:

  • avatar
    Imagefont

    It’s Florida. That should be explanation enough.
    Florida, where no one can figure out how to vote.
    Florida, where shooting people for no reason is legal.

  • avatar
    RayTo

    The Florida panhandle is lunatic central. Unfortunately they control the state.

    • 0 avatar
      JimC2

      Uh yeah but no. All FOUR of the Floridas give Florida a bad name:

      – Lower Alabama (the panhandle)
      – South Georgia (Gainesville-Jacksonville)
      – Central Florida (Orlando-Daytona-Tampa)
      – South Florida (Miami-etc.)

      I almost forgot to mention the Conche Republic

      Having lived in two of the four regions and visited the others way too many times, you have my word that all of them are equally special in their own way.

      • 0 avatar
        JMII

        As a native of the sunshine state I concur. However you forgot our beloved 6th region: God’s Waiting Room = SW Florida :)

        And for the record the most sane zone is the Conch Republic.

        • 0 avatar
          JimC2

          Well played! Yes, The Villages are indeed a separate place from Miami/Fort Lauderdale/Palm Beach.

          I misspelled Conch! Shame on me!

        • 0 avatar
          krhodes1

          And as a resident of GWR, I can say NOBODY, including myself, who lives here is actually from FL.

          The SW coast of FL – the further south you go, the further north you actually are…

          • 0 avatar
            JMII

            Correct. South FL is actually NJ/NY but with palm trees. So chances are very high that anytime you encounter #floridaman he is not from FL but instead came down for vacation and never went back home. For many years there was a popular bumper sticker down here that just said “95 North” but apparent not enough people got the hint.

        • 0 avatar
          Matt Posky

          I secretly like Florida. Warts and all.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        Having lived in Bay County myself, I concur that it is the most backward place I’ve ever lived, but with some of the most beautiful beaches between hurricanes. I hope to never cross paths with the panhandle again :(

        • 0 avatar
          golden2husky

          I drove across the state once, not using “Alligator Alley”. Three things stuck with me. One, I never knew there were so many cattle ranches in Florida. Two, even the gas stations in the middle of bumf%&k were operated by Indian people. Three was the huge bugs that splattered all over the car. You could actually hear the impact of the bugs. Yuck.

  • avatar
    redapple

    Must be a major scumbag. It s been 10 years since i came upon a pump that didnt process my credit card.

    Macho man and his diesel pig up must be such a scumbag he doesnt have/ cant handle a FREAKING CREDIT CARD!!!!!

    Diesel + it has to be a 2500 model. Bet he is shorter than 5′ 8″

  • avatar
    theflyersfan

    I wonder if “Check this out…wait, hold my beer!” would fit on a flag. And on the flag would be a beer can, a flipped over truck, and a pair of shoes next to a gator’s mouth. Florida in one image.

  • avatar
    slavuta

    Clerk is total stupid. You have a pickup truck coming at you and you still wave your hand in gestures..
    Hide behind that Prius, dude…

  • avatar
    schmitt trigger

    Agree that the clerk also played part of this stupidity.

    Up to perhaps less than ten feet away from a careening truck, she was still pointing her finger, and with a foot solidly planted on the yellow line.

  • avatar
    brn

    “While one can’t help but laugh”

    At no point in the video did I even think about laughing. Where’s the funny part?

  • avatar
    retrocrank

    Watching this I’m reminded of nothing else as powerful as, Weebles Wobble but They Don’t Fall Down. This one did.

    • 0 avatar
      redapple

      RETRO

      A weebles reference. Perfect. Funny !

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Sorry, not funny.

      • 0 avatar
        retrocrank

        The whole thing is surreal. What civilized human not under threat of physical harm intentionally points a 6000 lb moving vehicle at another human? And what rational human continues to stand in front of an obviously moving approaching 6000 pound moving vehicle, even if there is a 6″ concrete/steel post in between? The amusing part is not what happened, rather the amusing part is the demonstration of just how thin the veneer of civilization really is.

        • 0 avatar
          JimC2

          That’s the real story here. This is like the modern day/weird version of some wild west mentality.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            People lose their s**t all the time. They just don’t usually do it by pointing a 6,000 pound truck at someone like a missile.

            And people do tend to freeze up when they’re confronted with impending doom. My girlfriend, for example, was actually on the 25th floor of a high-rise building in San Francisco during the 1989 earthquake. The building was shaking like a leaf around her, and she simply froze up, with stuff tumbling around her. The mind does funny things to us when we’re confronted with something that just doesn’t compute.

          • 0 avatar
            -Nate

            “Watching this I’m reminded of nothing else as powerful as, Weebles Wobble but They Don’t Fall Down. This one did.”

            that’s sad and sick .

            My initial thought was ‘I hope that poor fat person dosen’t get a broken head from slamming innto the door .

            Gallows humor has a time and place, this wasn’t it .

            All here in their ivory towers have zero concept of what happens when people get truly frightened .

            -Nate

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    To my eye, no evidence of braking. That’s not ‘nose-diving,’ it’s up-and-down suspension travel from the irregular pavement over the underground fuel tank (watch the entire approach and the trailer).

    We see the reverse lights come on, but no other change in the rear lighting. No brake lights, unless they aren’t functional. (Nowhere else in the video provided are the brake lights visible – unless you count the possible reflection in the windows of the parked car at 0:07-0:10, but it’s not definitive.)

    That single bollard did an impressive job, as did the trailer hitch.

    • 0 avatar
      golden2husky

      Had the moron tried again, he would have crested the barrier. They need some K12 rated bollards – that truck would have been disabled and the barrier would still be upright. Check out the videos on SecureUSA’s website. Amazing how the right barrier can stop a truck far bigger than a pickup. We put some in front of our office building in NYC after 9/11. A few years later a drunk rammed one of the bollards. A few scratches, and the decorative cap was knocked off but that was it. The vehicle was totaled – the bollard was now about mid-hood in penetration depth and the drunk halfway though the windshield.

      • 0 avatar
        Pig_Iron

        Yes, bollards are your friend, IIRC the K12 rating was superseded by the ASTM F2656 M50 standard, and like the old K12 also stops a 15,000# vehicle traveling 50 mph.

        They don’t have to be ugly. The ornamental ones with the solar LEDs around the top can be quite lovely.

      • 0 avatar
        randyinrocklin

        @golden, I used to work for a contractor that did those as part of his concrete package and those bollards are 8″ in dia. and 4′ deep and filled with concrete in and around the pipe in the ground and in the pipe to the top. Not sure if it should have bent like that.

    • 0 avatar
      rpn453

      You can see the right tail light directly. The brake light is on when the back of the truck appears in the frame at 0:16, and then goes off at 0:19 after he hits the post.

      Based on that, I think he was just trying to scare her but didn’t stop in time. He would have gone right into the store if he wanted to.

      The force it would have taken to stop a truck and trailer that wasn’t already almost stopped would have totaled the front end.

      • 0 avatar
        ToolGuy

        “You can see the right tail light directly. The brake light is on when the back of the truck appears in the frame at 0:16, and then goes off at 0:19 after he hits the post.”

        You are correct and I was wrong. :-)

  • avatar

    That’s the most stupid thread in TTAC today. Stupid pickup driver tries, allegedly, to run over stupid clerk in stupid gas station in the most stupid state in the most stupid country on the most stupid planet…Do you know that we live in multiverse?

    • 0 avatar
      redapple

      Inside
      get a grip. You re out of it.

      Please try to improve your ability to make real decisions.

      There is NO allegedly. The crime is clear in the video.

      Maybe you live in a driftie, happy, floating place. Jeeeeez.

      • 0 avatar
        JimC2

        “Allegedly” is just a routine word in police reports, no matter how obvious it is that the deed was done.

        As an aside, here’s a fun fact: the police blotter in the Florida panhandle is very entertaining. I highly recommend it over other time fillers, it’s far more entertaining than whatever latest Netflix miniseries.

      • 0 avatar

        Running over the person does not mean that you want to kill him. You may just want to hurt him little bit to prove the point.

    • 0 avatar
      Jon

      I thought canada was stupiderer…

      • 0 avatar
        JimC2

        No, Jupiter is stupiderer. The Illuminati will create a false flag event that we can use as a pretext for attacking the Jupiterians next time their giant red spot looks sideways at our own rock.

        Hey, anything is possible in #2020, right?

        :D

        • 0 avatar
          Lie2me

          Obamagate! Yeah, I don’t believe it either

          If Trump wins reelection in his next four years he’ll blame everything gone wrong on his first four years

          • 0 avatar

            No matter who “elected” president this year 50% of population and opposing party will consider election illegitimate (or hacked by Russians or Ukrainians). I see months of litigation, supreme court involved, mass protests, riots or in the worst case scenario – the ensuing civil war. It is a new normal now. If you think it is not possible – wait until collapse of economy and hunger sets in.

  • avatar
    hurricanehole

    Quantum physics and Florida Man. Good comment. Haven’t seen them paired before.

  • avatar
    Periodic

    Got to admit, dude have some balls to stand out in front of that truck almost till the end.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    No, this ain’t even remotely funny, and that’s coming from someone who actually got “tapped” by a truck the way this person did. Watch the video and boom it up in size for a better view. The reason the clerk flew backwards is simple: she saw the truck coming, put up her hands to stop it as a reflex, and the hands came in contact with the grill. That’s what sent her flying backwards.

    FYI, something similar happened to me a couple of years ago – I was walking in front of a truck in a crosswalk with a stop sign, and the truck did a rolling stop at maybe 5-10 mph. The person I was walking with said the driver was on her phone. I saw the truck out of the corner of my eye, and put my hand up reflexively. My hand made contact with the grill. From there, the ball was in Sir Isaac Newton’s court – the 6,000 pound truck sent 200 pound me flying around three or four feet, and I landed HARD on my head, on the pavement. I ended up with a fairly bad concussion. All that from just touching the grill of a 6,000 pound vehicle that was going maybe five miles an hour.

    To her credit, the driver of the truck was absolutely horrified and started crying. If I hadn’t been so stunned, I’d have called the police, but her insurance did end up paying for all my treatment costs.

    Nevertheless, I still see that grill in nightmares from time to time, BTW.

    Absolutely NOTHING funny about any of this. That clerk is lucky to be alive and the truck driver should be tossed away for about 120,000 years.

    • 0 avatar
      brn

      It seems you and I are in the minority on this one. Others think it’s funny when a fat person almost gets killed.

      I’m OK with people putting part of the blame on her, but “funny”? No.

  • avatar
    Ol Shel

    In the South, I’m pretty sure you’re allowed to kill anyone who threatens your masculinity.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Considering that he’s up on charges, maybe not.

      • 0 avatar
        -Nate

        Only if they’re unarmed and non white, then blast away with impunity, the crackers and boot lickers will all insist you were right because of “mixed martial arts” even though the child had a cell ‘phone in one hand and a bag of skittles in the other when he was shot…

        Truth and fasts simply don’t matter to many Amerians .

        -Nate

        • 0 avatar
          Jeff Semenak

          That’s a lame parody of Trayvons final minutes.

          • 0 avatar
            -Nate

            No Jeff ;

            It’s the facts from the police reports .

            If it’s O.K. with you for a white man to go out hunting black children, I guess , I don’t think that’s appropriate .

            As an American citizen you’re allowed to be a racist, you just have to man up and admit it .

            I live in the Ghetto and have to actually deal with the boogymen you cowards imagine, daily .

            -Nate

  • avatar
    schmitt trigger

    Wasn’t Florida the state that pioneered the “stand your ground” laws?

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