Probably got Coke and it was easily visible through the translucent cup, should have filled up with Sprite...
A Florida man faces felony charges after refusing to pay $1 for a cup of soda in an East Naples McDonald’s restaurant.
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The police report stated that when the manager asked him to pay, Abaire declined, cursed at him and refused to leave the premises, the Naples News reported.
Collier County deputies later arrested Abaire who now faces felony charges, according to the same report.
The initial charge was for petty theft. But due to Abaire’s record of prior petty theft convictions, the charge was increased from a misdemeanor to a felony under Florida's 'three strikes' statute.
'Three strikes' laws, currently being used in 26 states, came as a response to public outrage over a string of kidnappings and murders by paroled repeat offenders in Washington State in 1993.
In Florida, a third-degree felony is punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
How many times a day do you think people put soda in water cups? I'd bet a lot. There was probably a reason they chose to call the police on this poor victim. And when they got there and looked at his rap sheet, that might have something to do with charging him with a felony instead of letting him off easy for a $.03 cup of soda.
"Yeah, we caught this guy for the 10th time robbing houses, but we shouldn't do anything about it because it costs people money."
Petty crimes like this resulting in a dude going to prison for years is stupid and counterproductive. Having him put in a pillory and giving him a public shaming would be more effective as punishment. He goes to prison for three or four years and he'll come out a better criminal and commit more serious crimes and when he goes back, will he care? No. You know why? Because he was in prison for a few years before, made friends, got over the initial shock of hard time, and will get right back into the groove and do his thing when he's back behind bars.
Also, there's big-ass difference between petty crimes and serious crimes like burglary.
The point is, the story doesn't say what his first two strikes were. Maybe burgalry, arson, weapons charge... The cops wouldn't do jack squat if I stole a soda. I'd get a slap on the wrist if McDonalds decided to spend the money to prosecute over a soda. The 3 strike rule is to better punish for major offenses, not to fill up prisons with petty thieves.
Why do people do this? You can't pay the dollar and 6 cents for the soda? I bet he's going to spend a lot more than that for legal proceedings.
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