Good lord, this state is a riot
- where there is one heavily-armed cop for every 25 residents
- The tiny landlocked town is an infamous speed trap with one police officer for every 25 residents
- State officials fear at least $1 million in city revenue has gone to line the pockets of city workers
- The town's elected mayor is in jail awaiting trial for allegedly selling an oxycodone to a cop for $20
- An audit showed 31 potential city misdeeds including a $132,000 bill at a convenience store next to city hall
- Auditors were even told that some missing public records were 'lost in the swamp'
A Florida town has been deemed so completely corrupt by state lawmakers that they want it completely wiped off the map.
Just under 500 people live in the few blocks of metal-roofed homes that make up Hampton, Florida, but city revenue from speeding tickets manages to keep a police officer for every 25 people in town on the payroll.
Even the mayor calls the town's officials a bunch of crooks, though he's currently in jail awaiting trial for allegedly selling an oxycodone pill to an undercover police officer.
Sunshine State lawmakers are pushing for the nuclear option after an audit released February 10 revealed a history of shockingly misused funds in the tiny town. That is, when any records were taken at all.
CNN reports that the city--which has existed for 89 years for the purposes of pumping water to its residents and for maintaining a police force--told auditors they'd simply lost records of water meter readings 'in the swamp.'
The audit found that Hampton officials were guilty of 31 misdeeds and mishandling of funds that were as egregious as $132,000 in charges at the BP convenience store next door to City Hall.
'What's wrong with that picture?' Jim Mitzel, mayor from 2000 to 2008, asked CNN. 'That's a lot of cigarettes and beer and what-have-you. That's corrupt as heck.'
They also found that city employees had racked up $27,000 in charges on the city's credit card for 'no public purpose' and that the city police cars weren't even insured.
Though, there were plenty of them.
The city keeps a bloated police force in order to continue pursuing what many say is its sole purpose: ticketing drivers as they drive through town.
The town has even extended its city limits 1,260 feet down the width of a busy highway in order to lay claim to any and all traffic violations--end their accompanying ticket fines--that occur there.
They became infamous for ticketing anyone and everyone they possibly could for even the tiniest of infractions and between 2010 and 2012 raked in an unbelievable $616,960 in fines.
The money allowed them to upgrade their police cars to SUVs and check drivers' speed while wearing pricey riot gear.
One such police officer became known by the nickname Rambo because of his swagger and the AR-15 rifle he wore while greeting vacationing speeders during traffic stops.
'It became "serve and collect" instead of "serve and protect." Cash register justice,' local Sheriff Gordon Smith told CNN. 'Do y'all remember the old Dukes of Hazzard? Boss Hogg? They make Boss Hogg look like a Sunday school teacher.'
Just a few weeks after he took office, he made headlines when he was arrested for allegedly selling pain pills to a police officers.
'I ride a bicycle around town. I had my lights cut off twice last year. If I am a dope dealer, why are my lights getting cut off,' Moore asked CNN in an interview from jail.
'I'm a good guy that got caught up in a bunch of nonsense that was bigger than me.'
Moore has been in jail since around Thanksgiving because he can't afford the $4,500 bond.
To save themselves further headache, state officials--including State Senator Rob Bradley, whose district includes Hampton--say they just want the town erased from the map.
'It's like something out of a Southern Gothic novel,' Bradley told Time.
Bradley said the support to wipe away the mistakes of Hampton's past is strong with area Floridians as well as in the legislature.
'This town exists apparently just to write speeding tickets,' Bradley said. 'Most people don't understand why it exists in the first place.'