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    Florida Man Charged With Felony for Allegedly Stealing $1 Cup of Soda From McDonald's

    I think this is an outrage.

    A Florida man was arrested and held on $6,500 bond after police in Collier County said he left a McDonald's without paying for a cup of soda valued at $1.
    Mark Abaire, 52, had apparently asked staff at the Naples restaurant for a courtesy cup of water, but instead he allegedly filled the cup with soda from the soda fountain and sat outside of the restaurant, according to a story in the Naples Daily News which cited the police report of the Thursday incident.
    Florida Man Charged With Felony for Allegedly Stealing $1 Cup of Soda From McDonald's | ABC News Blogs - Yahoo! News

    Seriously, a felony over one dollar's worth of soda? Where's the justice in this? How can some people spend less than a year in jail for killing people, and then this guy is charged with a felony for $1's worth of soda. This is absolutely ridiculous, and an embarrassment to our legal system.

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    Re: Florida Man Charged With Felony for Allegedly Stealing $1 Cup of Soda From McDona

    Whew- at least this won't become a race-baiting thread, since the dude's a white guy.

    From the CBS website article:
    The charge is petty theft, but it was increased to a felony because Abaire has previous petty theft convictions. In Florida, a third-degree felony can result in a sentence of up to five years and a $5,000 fine.

    The newspaper reports Abaire faces additional misdemeanor counts of trespassing and disorderly intoxication.
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    Re: Florida Man Charged With Felony for Allegedly Stealing $1 Cup of Soda From McDona

    That is funny as hell. The petty theft crime that pushed him over the top, a McDonalds cup.
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    Re: Florida Man Charged With Felony for Allegedly Stealing $1 Cup of Soda From McDona

    oh look, another thread that fails to provide all of the IMPORTANT details.

    He was charged with petty theft, trespassing and disorderly intoxication after the Thursday arrest, and sent to Collier County jail. Petty theft is usually a misdemeanor, but because Abaire has previous convictions for theft, the charge was upgraded to a felony. The trespassing and disorderly intoxication charges are misdemeanors.

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    Re: Florida Man Charged With Felony for Allegedly Stealing $1 Cup of Soda From McDona

    the charges were clearly justified. this guy is a repeat offender, and needs to learn his lesson.

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    Re: Florida Man Charged With Felony for Allegedly Stealing $1 Cup of Soda From McDona

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    oh look, another thread that fails to provide all of the IMPORTANT details.

    He was charged with petty theft, trespassing and disorderly intoxication after the Thursday arrest, and sent to Collier County jail. Petty theft is usually a misdemeanor, but because Abaire has previous convictions for theft, the charge was upgraded to a felony. The trespassing and disorderly intoxication charges are misdemeanors.
    Ummmm- I already posted that.
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    Re: Florida Man Charged With Felony for Allegedly Stealing $1 Cup of Soda From McDona

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    That is funny as hell. The petty theft crime that pushed him over the top, a McDonalds cup.
    Yeah, lol. The title of the article is written sensationally, but the man is not being charged $6,500 for a stolen cup of joe but because this was- most likely made serious by his defiance to obey police after the fact also- coupled with his past forms a pattern of misconduct that makes further misdemeanors into felonies. It's just the bail. Hopefully he doesn't walk away with no one's soap without asking in there...

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    Re: Florida Man Charged With Felony for Allegedly Stealing $1 Cup of Soda From McDona

    Disorderly intoxication. Apparently those cops never lived where I did in college.
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    Re: Florida Man Charged With Felony for Allegedly Stealing $1 Cup of Soda From McDona

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Whew- at least this won't become a race-baiting thread, since the dude's a white guy.

    From the CBS website article:
    I see. It's because of one of those Draconian 3rd-strike laws.

    Still...

    ...5 years in jail for only a dollar's worth of soda?

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