An employee at a Florida seniors' home apparently mistook the body of a dead resident for an April Fool's joke and tossed it in the trash.
Ronald Benjamin, 61, was on a smoke break outside Peterborough Apartments, in St. Petersburg, when he spotted a lifeless shape on the patio, which he promptly concluded was a mannequin left by an April Fool's Day prankster, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
He disposed of the corpse, which was that of a 96-year-old resident who had jumped 16 storeys to her death after leaving behind a suicide note.
When other employees discovered the body in the dumpster, Benjamin was called in and fired.
"I'm telling you, I swear to God, the face looked like a rubber mask," he told the paper. "If I thought for one instant it was a real person I would have called the police, my manager, everyone I could think of."
Police believed him and don't plan to lay any criminal charges, the report said.