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separated by [**30] time or other circumstances that the former cannot reasonably be
said to be a substantial factor in producing the result complained of depends upon the
facts in each case. The issue of proximate cause is generally one for the jury unless
reasonable persons cannot differ, in which case it becomes a matter of law for the court.
Stahl v. Metropolitan Dade County, 438 So.2d 14 (Fla. 3d DCA 1983), quoted with
approval, Department of Transportation v. Anglin, 502 So.2d 896, 899 (Fla.
The evidence in the case before us established without conflict that the sole contact
between Harrison and Turner prior to New Year's Day 1986 was on the occasion of the
furniture delivery some time in October 1985. n3 The gift of the television [*756] set
was the kind of incidental event reasonably expected to occur when a person is moving in
or out of an apartment, when unneeded items are routinely disposed of. The evidence
does not support appellant's contention that the gift of the television was a "personal
contact" in logical or natural sequence leading to Turner's New Year's Day visit to
Harrison's apartment. Instead, the evidence is virtually conclusive that [**31] Turner
used the supposed need for a receipt as a pretext to present himself at the door of her
apartment, knock on the door, and further identify himself to Harrison. Harrison testified
that she recognized Turner from his uniform and his face as one of the persons who had
delivered her couch. n4 When Turner requested a receipt, telling Harrison that he needed
one so that "they" would not think he had stolen the television, she assumed "they" was
Tallahassee Furniture. Having thus gained Harrison's recognition as someone who had
previously been permitted to enter her home, the next step, getting her consent to enter
the apartment by requesting to use the bathroom, does not appear to us to be such an
unusual, extraordinary, or unexpected event as to be totally removed or separated from
Turner's prior employer-aut...
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