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September 7, 2001: 9/11 Hijackers Atta and Alshehhi Allegedly Get Drunk in Florida Bar with Unidentified Man

Shuckums bar and grill, in Hollywood, Florida.Shuckums bar and grill, in Hollywood, Florida. [Source: Patrick Durand/ Corbis]Two future 9/11 hijackers drink alcohol with an unidentified man. Mohamed Atta spends time drinking with Marwan Alshehhi and a third man at Shuckums, a sports bar in Hollywood, Florida. Bartender Patricia Idrissi will later remember that the third man plays a video machine at one end of the restaurant while Atta and Alshehhi sit drinking and arguing. Alshehhi drinks rum and coke; Atta consumes five Stolichnaya vodkas with orange juice. When it comes to pay Atta complains about their $48 bill and argues with the manager. “You think I can’t pay my bill?” Atta shouts. “I am a pilot for American Airlines. I can pay my f_cking bill.” Then he reportedly peels out a note from a thick wad of $50 and $100 bills, leaving a $2 tip. (Thomas 9/12/2001; Vulliamy et al. 9/16/2001) Atta, Alshehhi, and the third unidentified man came into Shuckums already drunk, according to Idrissi, who will tell the St. Petersburg Times, “They were wasted.” Idrissi directs the men to a nearby Chinese restaurant. Later they return and drink some more, each ordering about five drinks. (Thomas 9/12/2001; Klein et al. 9/13/2001) According to manager Tony Amos, “The guy Mohamed was drunk, his voice was slurred, and he had a thick accent.” (Thomas 9/12/2001) According to the London Observer, the men are drinking at Shuckums during the afternoon. (Vulliamy et al. 9/16/2001) However, Amos will tell the Associated Press that they visit his bar on “Friday night.” (Thomas 9/12/2001) The account of the story will slowly change over time, and later articles will say Atta plays video games and drinks cranberry juice instead of vodka, and that Alshehhi is the one who argues over the bill and pays (see September 12, 2001 and After). (Achenbach 9/16/2001) In 2011, the Miami Herald will note that the third man with Atta and Alshehhi is never identified. (Brecher 5/5/2011) According to some witnesses, Atta and Alshehhi spend the evening of September 7 in Longboat Key, Florida. (see September 7, 2001). (Sullivan 11/21/2001)


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