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$1 Felony Lands Florida Man Behind Bars: Twitter Reacts

Could face up to five years in prison

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$1 felony may sound like some sort of gross injustice, but let’s consider the situation for a moment. Deputies in Naples, Florida arrested 52 year-old Mark Abaire at an area McDonalds after he filled a courtesy cup with soda and promptly left the restaurant. Abaire claimed he wanted water, but when presented with a wide variety of beverages, he opted for the drink that was going to cost him a little cash. When the manager approached Abaire and told him the refreshment would cost him one whole dollar, the defiant man refused to pay.

Now, I’m sure you’re thinking, “It was only a dollar! Why in the world would the sheriff’s department waste their time and taxpayer dollars to toss a man in jail for such a petty crime?” And, in most causes, your concerns would be completely justified. After all, petty theft is considered a misdemeanor in the state of Florida. However, since Abaire has prior convictions for such a crime under his legal belt, the charge was upgraded to a felony, hence the unusually harsh nature of the situation.

Unfortunately for Abaire, a third-degree felony in the state could send him to prison for up to five years. If that isn’t enough to cause the poor guy some sleepless nights, he’s also facing charges for trespassing and disorderly intoxication. Abaire currently remains behind bars. Considering he couldn’t find one dollar, four quarters, or 10 dimes to pay for his soda, I doubt he’ll be finding $6,500 for his bond anytime soon.

Twitter fantastics seems to think that the charges are a little too steep, but if you ask me, this incident was just the final chapter in Abaire’s personal tale of petty crime. You can have a look at the public’s reaction below.

How you get a felony held on $6,500 for allegedly stealing $1 cup of soda from McDonald’s?? WHAT???(image) 31 minutes ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

A man faces a felony charge and is still imprisoned after not paying for a $1 cup of soda from McDonald’s….wow.(image) 22 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Once again, stupid headline. This is why no one trusts the media anymore. He was a stupid criminal. http://t.co/nGUfwugO(image) 2 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Good work officer! Fill the jails with more dangerous $1 coke stealers like this guy! http://t.co/WUpp9hEY Really? #JusticeNotJails #DOJ(image) 2 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@McDonalds I’ll pay 4 this guys soda if you drop your charges against him 4 his unfathomable crime of stealing a $1 pop http://t.co/Cg6YS5Ez(image) 47 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

$1 Felony Lands Florida Man Behind Bars: Twitter Reacts
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  • joe

    if stealing coke from mcdonalds is like that, that makes me a career criminal

    • http://idontknow mae

      oh if you have others you are a hardin crimal so dont steal that coke or we will lock u up.

  • Eddie

    I will sleep better knowing that, although a large number of muggers, rapists, and murderers walk the streets, at least this dangerous criminal is behind bars.

    • denis

      WELL SAID…..I HAVE THE DOLLAR IF MCDONALDS REALLY WANTS NEED IT. THEY CAN GET IT FROM ME FOR THE RELEASE OF THIS POOR SOUL OK. I WILL EVEN GIVE THEM 100% INTEREST AND MAKE IT 2 DOLLARS, SO THERE MCDONALDS FOR ALL THE WAITS, WRONG ORDERS, BAD SOFT DRINKS, DIRTY RESTROOMS, SLIM, WRONG ORDERS OVER PAST 30 YEARS, CALL ME EMAIL ME AND I WILL SEND YOU FED EX, THATS RIGHT FED EX 2.00 US DOLLARS FOR THE DROP CHARGES AND RELEASE OF THIS HIGHLY FELONY CRIMINAL OK. THANK YOU

  • Steve

    Did anyone bother to read the entire story or investigate further? The man had repeated petty theft convictions which meant one more and, sorry, it’s a felony. He was drunk, disorderly, and refused to leave the premises after a manager asked him. Hey, you screw up too many times there ARE consequences. This is just one in a string of several incidents for this convicted criminal, so he had it coming.

    • joe

      that doesnt matter bro its still not right. lets say he had been totally rehabilitated until that night before this crime and he hears that his mom dies. he drinks til he doesnt have no more money and he desides he wants a coke. at what point can a man be forgivin. gods forgives why not courts

      • Bob

        At first I read the story and decided it was a bit extreme, until I read your comment.

        So you’re saying everyone who experiences a tragedy has the right to go out in public and act belligerent? If he can muster up the money to buy alcohol to get drunk, it makes no sense that he can’t find $1 to pay for his Coke. If they allow him to get away with that, then everyone else is going to want to get soda for free. And at what point can a man be forgiven? When he pays the price of his crimes, and this wasn’t his only one. If the court forgave everyone who committed crimes, jails would be nonexistent. Think twice.

        • joe

          you think twice… evidently you havent been tied up with the legal system i have….i am a productive citizen now. if i steal a coke from macdonalds i may get life but i hadnt got in no trouble in 15 yrs…..talk what you know bro

          • joe

            I AM NOT SAYING ITS RIGHT TO STEAL, IM SAYING SOME THINGS NEED TO BE DEALT WITH ON COMMON SENSE BASIS NOT LEGALLY

          • cr

            Agreed Joe. Many many stores are fully aware of the “problem” repeat customers. They possibly could have refused to serve him if they recognized him or if they recognized that he was intoxicated. They could have given him a cup with water already in it. They could have a simple policy of no free cups. They could have a water fountain. Many stores/restaurants hire their own private security to deal with stuff like this… there are so many ways that this could have turned out different and not become a news story and not become a burden on the rest of us…

          • http://idontknow mae

            bah hum bug

        • Elijah

          It’s not that he shouldn’t be punished, it’s that the punishment they chose outweighs his crime so badly that it would almost be comical if it’s weren’t true. It would be different if they fined him $50 bucks and called it a day, but holding him on such high bail for such a little thing is just outrageous. Regardless of his past offenses.

          • joe

            GREAT OR COMMUNITY SERVICE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT

      • OneTwo

        Your point makes no sense. He was not rehabilitated, Hence the crime. This isn’t some injustice. Cacy Anthony was some in justice.

        • joe

          HOW DO YOU KNOW

      • Derek

        exactly, God forgives!!! But not McDonalds! Heck no!

      • Debbie

        say all that you said happened and he chose to get in a car and he ran into your front yard and ruined your fencing or your porch…still just an accident not intended…why not just forgive and forget?? Wrong is wrong. It may be hard to swallow but it is still wrong!

      • al

        VERY WELL SAID

        • lop si

          The real crime here is not that he got some free soda from MC donalds. the real crime is that it will cost the tax payers many thousands of dollars to prosecute feed and house this man for some soda. This is are worthless legal system at work. if you want to get mad at someone get mad at the system that rapes you and your money on a daily basis.FLa legal system is without a doubt the most worhtless piece of shit on the earth, SO fla pigs go marinate on some hot S–t.

          Thank you and god bless the U.S.A and please forgive Fla for they not know what they do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Just a Lawyer

            McDonald’s may have decided to call the police, but that was because the alleged thief was recalcitrant, stubborn, drunk, disruptive, and unrepentant.

            That the police responded and decided to do something about it confirmed McDonald’s assessment. That they (or the prosecuting attorney) decided to charge him with a felony was driven by his criminal record.

            Once the prosecutor (or police) decided to charge him, it was out of McDonald’s hands. They have no power to offer “forgiveness” at that point. It is between the People of the State of Florida vs. this Defendant.

            Once charges are brought, it is up to the prosecutor whether to pursue the charges; and up to the courts whether to convict and sentence him.

            That he could have been charged with a misdemeanor (or even given a pass — a warning and a “Do Not Go to Jail” card — does not change the legal fact that he could be charged for a felony. But it would never have happened but for a bad record and bad conduct. In any event, it does not immunize him.

            As to the final disposition of the legal case, that is most probably up to the prosecutor and defense counsel. It will be a question of whether it is worth the effort to try the case, and the cost of incarceration. The latter is s judgment that will be made by the court at sentencing (assuming there is a conviction).

      • Kevin

        That is a good question Joe. “At what point are we free and clear of the mistakes of our past?” Police, Court Systems and our Government state that they seek to rehabilitate wrong do’ers through various forms of penalization; probations, corrections, institutions and jails. But once an individual has completed their penance, why are they immediately considered guilty in each and every instance? This manh may have not had a “Petty” charge in 20yrs, but because they are there, and a D.A. can add a larger case to his list of convictions, they will seek to maximize the littlest detail to make the most out of nothing. Our media does the same thing daily. It should stop.

      • teddy

        Joe what about all the repeat Drug pushes, Drunk drivers, Muggers, Pedifiles, and Murders out there that dont get this much jail time. When all the jails are filled up with these harden criminals who steal a $1 drink from McDonalds. I hope you and your family will fill safe. Its Idiots like you that make this Country the shit shape that it’s in.

      • http://idontknow mae

        because courts dont care they want an over crowded police station.

      • http://idontknow mae

        i did and you know what you would have probably done the same thing you are not innocent.

    • Donna

      I totally agree with you Steve. If everyone would continue to read the ENTIRE post it clearly states that this man is a repeat offender and finally he was called on it. I am a true believer in karma and it will catch up to you! I wonder how long the rap sheet of $1 cokes this man has really stolen??? How many people would volunteer to pay then?? lol

      • Elijah

        The prior offenses aren’t even tied to this “crime.” I’m not saying he shouldn’t be punished, but it’s completely outrageous to actually believe for one second that the punishment they gave him for stealing a one dollar soda from a huge corporation who probably isn’t even paying their fair share of taxes in the first place (though that’s beside the point) is by any means appropriate. Who hasn’t gotten a coke in their water glass at Wendy’s or taken a grape or two from the produce section at Kroger. I’m not saying it’s right, but incarceration for such a petty crime IS an injustice. And it’s retarded.

        • Tonia

          Elijah, A career criminal is a career criminal. Each crime is tied to others, otherwise you could never put a drunk driver away for multiple offenses. This is the same situation. If he continues with petty theft what is to say that the crimes will not get worse.
          Also, McDonalds does not owe him or you or anyone else free product. I would gladly go over business taxes with you but I get the feeling that may be a “retarded” thing to do.
          Make sure when you visit other countries, that you do not take this feeling that this is not a crime with you. 6500.00 may be the least of your worries……

        • franchesca

          Each McDonald’s I privately owned and operated and those people that own them pay McDonald’s to use their name/products so really he is stealing from a person not a corporation. Education is key.

      • teddy

        Donna your Idiot too. Who would you rather have living on your street near your family, the $1 pop stealer or a drug pusher. The goverment whines that the country is broke and this is a good reason why. Cause dumb asses like you and Joe want to waste the taxes payers money to take a man like this thru a trail and pay for him to sit in jail for 5 years.

        • Tonia

          I don’t want either of them living on my street.

    • Kyomi

      Um did you read it either? The manager him for the drink. Not once in the article did it say the manager asked him to leave.If you look they said the criminal HAD left, and it said he face other charges for trespassing and disorderly intoxication that is not necessarily tied to this particular offense. I’m not defending the guy and he stupid crime how ever. I am trying to shut up a moron that likes to think they are superior.

      • joe

        GOOD JOB

        • Vicky

          Joe, you are rite on with you comments and I agree with you 100%. I’m glad you are speaking up & out about this. I’m sure it won’t change the world but I’m glad to see that there are still nice fair people in the world. The punishment does out weight the crime in this case. I don’t know the man but I hope that they reduce his charges because I don’t think it’s rite. May God bless us all!

      • Mark

        @Kyomi Dont call someone a “moron who thinks they are superior” when you can use proper spelling or grammar… God dam

        • joe

          MARK DONT USE GODS NAME IN VAIN

          • kyle

            its not like god exists anyway

          • Aretha

            One day Kyle you will find out the truth.

        • Dee

          @Mark That would be “damn” not “dam” Mr spelling and grammar expert.

          • Mickie

            @Mark, and it’s can’t not can!

    • Connie

      I feel the same way you do, Steve, but apparently we are in the minority here. Frankly, even he hadn’t gotten nabbed for a felony on this particular occasion, it would have happened sooner or later, anyway, so I have no problem with his arrest on this crime. It’s more a crime of character than of just soda-stealing.

      • Tonia

        There is no such thing as “just” ______ stealing. It is stealing PERIOD This is another time when the media wants to see outrage when there should be none.

    • Ron

      You are a complete fool!

      • Tonia

        To whom are you speaking? If you are speaking about the man that stole the Coke, you would be right.

    • denis

      THERE ARE BETTER WAYS THAN THIS OUTRAGE OVERPOWERING OUT TO BE KNOWN SERIES OF EVENTS HERE.
      TAKE THE MAN IN, HOLD HIM TILL COMES UP WITH 1.00 ASK HIM TO SAY SORRY AND EXPLAIN TO HIM, THE WRONG, GET HIM HELP, BUT A FELONY, AND 6,500 AND 5 YEARS, THIS IS NOT THE WAY.

    • anthony

      I dont care if he did this everyday and got arrested for it. It wil the cost the taxpayers way more money to keep in prison for 5 years. This is an injustice to taxpayers.

    • bruce

      petite larceny=stealing up to $1000=up to yr. in jail
      grand larceny=stealing $1000 or more=minimum 1 yr. in jail
      This is not a felony, its 1 dollar watered down soda. This is a shame that he goes to jail for this and rapists and much worse criminals get off to walk the streets!! He should be fined, but not imprisoned, the punishment doesn’t fit the crime!!!!!!!

    • James Crowley

      I totally agree, Throw the dum away. He not worth a dollar.

    • Mickie

      I agree! Although this particular crime is ridiculous, he was drunk and who knows what he said to the manager to get him to call the police!!

    • aaron

      yes petty means near nothing more like a nusance so slap his wrist give him a hundred dollor fine and let him go it dont matter if you do a hundred petty things crimes as you say no ones freedom should be taken for such a petty thing ever no matter what just a fine if ya cant pay do some comunity service thats all that pop casts a nickle to make

  • Amber

    Yes let the drug dealers run free and take the soda stealer to jail.

  • http://www.klikkwik.com Tim Pena

    Amazing. I am always blown away by other peoples idiotic moves. The manager should let that stuff go.

    • tina

      Last time I checked McDonalds was a multi million dollar company, paying employees minimun wage, maybe a little more for managers…. Have you had McDonalds soda… either not enough syrup and too much soda, or with any other variation of the poor mixture… So what is that crime? Let the poor bum go!! Poor guy, drunk for a good reason,his life sucks!! especially when, underpaid McDonalds managers are chasing him down for a dollar! AND like I said, its a multi million dollar company.. the manager will not be compensated… How about the president of McDonalds(or whomever is in charge) flying around in his company-private jet! Thats the real crime! About time we did something about the corporate thieves

      • Robert

        Uh…the crime is he took something that didn’t belong to him. Disagree with the decision to charge if you wish, but it’s clear he committed a crime.

      • Tonia

        Tina, just because I have something that you do not have does not mean I should give it to you. How you went from someone breaking the law to corporate thieves is beyond me. If you steal something from me or a multi-million dollar company, it is still a crime.

      • franchesca

        Each McDonald’s is privately owned and operated and those people that own them pay McDonald’s to use their name/products so really he is stealing from a person not a corporation. Education is key.

  • http://YahooNews Troubleshooter

    I wonder if McDonalds realizes that Adults already despise them, and this just justifies people’s feelings. Now it’s pretty clear that Florida is a crappy place. I’m glad I moved away when you could still park in front of The Candy Store all night and sleep on the Beach in Ft. Lauderdale. Now it just sucks.

    • joe

      YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    • http://YAHOO TEE

      COME ON NOW I KNOW I HAVE WENT IN MCDONOLD AND ASK FOR WATER AND PUT SODA WENT IN WALMART EATIN GRAPES DO NOT ACT LIKE NONE OF YOU HAVE DONE THIS BEFORE I WILL GIVE THEM A DOLLAR ALSO

  • http://WebProNews Steve

    IN return when they give me the wrong drink and I’m miles away, should they pay for my gas to come back and get my order right/

  • Timmychuck

    THEFT IS THEFT.

  • Sean

    Just goes to show you, learn your shit prior judging…

  • bobby forkin

    I’ll never eat at mcDonalds again-I guess we have no real problems in this country-and to the police department-you have to be kidding-oh but your not-screw florida as well.

  • SiouxzieWhosoever

    At least now he’ll have 3 Hots and a Cot!

  • Duane

    What a stiff owner operator. This issue is compounded by varying owner operator policies. I am familiar with many OE’s (Owner Operators) That implement free refills on a common visit. Once you leave and comeback you then must purchase another drink. Although here the guy used the water courtesy cup and filled it with Soda well we now understand 50 Cent and many others are making $$$$ selling water. It seemed crazy at first to pay for pre-diluted 50/50 anti-freeze. Who wants to pay for water? Well concept is not new consider the major component in soft drinks? Sometimes that grinding penny or in these days dollars will catch you sooner or later. I understand some proud security group now finds the $250 enterntainment fee a bargain compared to the spotlight, scrutiny, and job loss they are now facing all because someone had an internal market notion of $50 the $250 now seems like a bargain. Look what an apple cost ADAM and he guys stand your line, THEY should be paying us! hahahahahaha!

  • John

    Good to know how a “free society” works. After reading this story, I will NEVER go to a McDonald’s again. What if I take one too many ketch ups for .my fries? I may have to face federal persecution. No matter how many $1 cokes you take, it does not warrant a five year sentence or a $6500 fine. Down with the money hungry, selfish, greed-mongers who run and operate the McDonald’s franchises.

    • denis

      I AGREE JOHN, WE ALL SHOULD GET TOGETHER A CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINT MCDONALDS, FOR THIS AND FEEDING US SLIM! WHAT YOU THINK. I KNOW A GREAT ATTORNEY THAT DOES CLASS ACTIONS SUITS ALSO.

    • Kyle

      A soda costs a $1. PAY FOR IT!! Quite simple.

      • Mickie

        For real, it’s not McDonald’s fault that the guy stole the soda. The manager even gave him a chance to pay for it! And I’m sure if the guy was halfway civil and explained that he was sorry and didn’t have the money, it probably wouldn’t have gone this far. But drunkeness usually doesn’t equal politeness…

    • Tonia

      Seriously John, did you even read the article. First off, free does not mean that just because it is there you can take it, that is socialism. Second, you really need a valium it this upset you so much.

  • denis

    SHOWS JUST HOW STUPID THE USA HAS BECOME! 6,500 BOND ON A DOLLAR SODA, BE REAL, SHOW JUST HOW UNFAIR THE SYSTEM IS TO POOR PEOPLE OR PEOPLE WHOM HAVE HAD A BRUSH WITHT THE LAW BE 4.
    STEAL MILLION OF CAMPAIN MONIES, OUR GOV SECERT SERVICE PROBLEMS, BUT HEY LETS MAKE SURE WE GET THE MC DONALD THIEF. NOW IF HE WAS RUID, STOLE OR REFUSED TO PAY FOR THE COFFEE AND I WAS THE COP, BUT NOT KNOW THE LAWS THERE, MABYE TAKE HIM IN HOLD HIM TILL HE COMES UP WITH THE FUNDS (1.00) THAT IS, AND A SORRY TO THE MCDONALDS CREW. BUT TO TAKE TAX PAYERS MONIES 6,500 BONDS, JUST ANOTHER DOG AND PONY SHOW, SHOWING HOW MESSED UP OUR SYSTEM CAN BE. MY THOUGHTS ONLY!

  • mike

    They should give the drinks away to eat there, how about charges against Mc Donalds for feeding us slime?

    • Kyle

      We choose to eat there. We know what the food is.

      • Loki

        I don’t eat there. I just swing in while I’m on my bike ride, order water and steal some soda instead. Fugg’em.

  • Nady

    He get whathe deserves, look @ his past prior convictions idiots look at the whole picture.

  • Kyle

    This guy is an idiot. I don’t care if it was 50 cents. At some point this guy needs to learn a lesson. His fault $1 could cost him 5 years.

  • Loki

    The guy is just dumb for getting caught. He should have gotten a Sprite instead of a Coke. Then they probably would have never known the difference. After all, they’re both clear. That’s what I do all the time and I’ve never been caught yet. Another favorite trick– order a water and a bunch of lemon slices. Add sugar, and voila’! Real lemonade, better than the crap they pump out of the machine.

    • denis

      lOKI thats pretty good…..lol….the added lemon and sugar in the free water is probally better than the drink in machine, I AGREE! Well said.

    • Sandy

      It is idiot (criminal) comments like yours that make me regret living in this time. Theft is theft. Every time you or this guy steals something it creates a reaction. Higher prices, lower quality, total distrust for everyone else. I remember a time when a customer could tell an establishment they were unhappy, and the establishment would respond with free items or a discount on your bill because they trusted their customers not to try and rip them off. People have come to believe when they are being ripped off it is fair to return the favor. Talk about biting off your nose to spite your face. Try you get as good as you give. If you feel they are ripping you off…..don’t go there and spend your money….they could not continue to grow and rip off other people if the people that feel they are being ripped off just took a stand and stood by it. Integrity and honesty cannot be purchased, it must be taught……..your parents must be so proud.

      • Tonia

        Well said Sandy!

  • mike

    Sure am glad I don’t live in Florida between stand your ground and felony upgrade you could find yourself either dead or going to prison

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  • Mark Gibson

    Ever think that a man without an extra dollar to his name would want to have a free place to stay, with a bed blankets, toothbrush, toothpaste, shower, and three meals a day. Not to mention the fact that he gets his laundry washed without even having to ask. There are a heck of a lot of people out there that are doing this. His bond may be $6500, but for every year he sits in jail or prison, it is costing tax payers an average of $15000 dollars to support his temporary sobriety and pay for his medical bills! I would steal three cokes for that if I had nothing.

    • g

      since when is soda a right and a privilege? Don’t we give enough things away for free (from our tax dollars) to people who are too lazy to work? He had priors, he was a felon. All his stupid CHOICES got him where he was, this was just another example of another stupid decision of his!

  • Kaylaa

    He was a stupid criminal that got punished, oh well. It’s not that fact that bothers me, yeah it was sorta petty but you do the crime and you gotta pay for it. What amazes me is that this man is locked up, and George Zimmerman, Casey Anthony and God know’s how many more MURDERERS are still walking around free. What about the rapists and the drug dealers and robbers ? What about the true criminals ? Lock this man up if you want to and call it justice. But real justice needs to be served to these true criminals before you can punish a man so severely for something like this.The law just isn’t fair.

  • Katherine Pinyan

    Wow, so if he gets time the taxpayers will be supporting his conviction by paying about $48,000 for a year in prison? Of course, that could be prorated to $4000 a month–more than most average people make. That certainly makes a lot of sense…

    • Mark Gibson

      Has the cost of keeping inmates up really skyrocketed to 48,000 dollars a year? Wow. I want to go to prison! lol. That is more than I have ever pulled in, in a years time. Where did you come up with this figure?

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  • hvt2

    What a sucker. If this guy got a job on Wall Street, he could steal all he wanted and never get punished. Stupid criminal indeed.

  • http://yahoo Becky

    What a crime McDonalds has commited. So the guy filled a water cup with soda is that enough to warrant 5 years in prison? I do not think so. Yes, maybe he has a record but for petty theft of a soda send him to jail and possibly prison? I would have been in line to pay for his soda if I had of been there. Stop and think this exemplifies what is wrong with our country today. If we ALL PRACTICED A LITTLE KINDNESS IN OUR DAILY WALK IT WOULD BE A KINDER GENTLER World. I hope the judge in this case is level headed and see’s this for the travesty it is.

  • MICHAEL JOHNSON

    Another example of a total waste of tax payers money on a useless prosecution and incarceration. All you holier than thou hyprocrits that want to condem this guy, just think of all the times ALL of you including that McDonalds Manager has done something to warrent this type of treatment. All right so he had a record. The only difference between him and all of you is that he was unlucky enough to get caught a few times. There are over two million incarcerated persons in this country and more than half are for crap similar to this. We as taxpayers will spend thousands of dollars incarcerating this man for a lousy soda and yes i understand the law while so damn many of us are out doing real bad things including all of YOU>

  • frankindale

    A slick talking public defender will get him out as actual wholesale value would be only .10-.20 cents!

  • Kyle

    If you read the article it was more than a cup of soda. Police were likely called because he was disorderly. When asked to leave, he likely refused. Which prompted police assistance. Let’s not focus on the soda.

  • Stefani

    Oh God, I’d better put those extra straws back….

  • Todd

    So at what point does theft become theft? Do we place a money limit on it? Forget it’s Mcdonalds for a moment that think about if you owned a business and someone stole from you…would you think it was so simple?

  • Bernie Madeoff

    LOL!!! And guys like John Corzine who STOLE BILLIONS walks free. America…what a country!

  • http://webprownews Mary Alice Lopez

    it seems everyone in America has gotten more greedy, and heartless as we go along, a waitress whom I tip very well, where I eat two or three
    times a week, and mostly buy a taco and a coffee, asked me why I was
    asking for an extra napkin, after I spilled alittte coffee on the first one! McDonalds SHAME on you……..you are poisoning America
    anyway with the horrible make-believe food you serve…….give the
    guy a break……..which one among you is without sin, will cast the
    first stone?

  • David Blair

    Hum 5 years in prison he’ll have to do 2/3 a bit over 3 years costing the taxpayers in Florida close to 240,000 for housing and care.

    At-a-boy Florida. And who said crime doesn’t pay? It’s been lining pockets for centuries!

  • Damon

    The guy stole something! The value just happened to be a dollar. This is why our whole society is going into the toilet because people are willing to let things go! I guess in the eyes of some of the commenters he would have had to kill the manager to get thrown in jail. Just do whatever you want without consequence and see where this country ends up!

    • Liz

      You are an idiot. Mcdonalds is a major corporation that steals from you everytime they get your order wrong or sell you food that is not even real. My three year old walked out of Wal Mart with a pack of gum once… let’s just teach him a lesson and put him in Juvie for a couple of months. Grow up and get some common sense!

  • http://yahoo Becky

    How stupid!!! A man to prison for 1.00 soda. This is what is wrong with our world today we are in a rush to cause someone grief. Why could not someone have reached into a pocket and paid the 1.00? We truly live in a world that has lost compassion for the down and out. Do unto others as you wuld have them do unto you! Wish I would have been there I would have gladly paid for the soda and bought him a meal too if he wanted one.

  • Chris

    GOOD for the Police and Micky D’s!!, Get all the jailbirds & village idiots into a prison compound. Nothing against trying to sneak a free drink, but how can a person refuse to pay once caught red handed. He has prior convictions, so obviously he doesn’t get it- The world doesn’t evolve around him alone. Dirtbag should of been tasered till he pooped liquid cheeseburgers

    • Liz

      So when they round up the village idiots, you will most certainly have to be at the front of the line! Let’s just execute them too. It will cost us less.

  • http://mysportsczars.com Scott Smith

    Occupy stupidity? …and to those who see this as NO BIG deal? It is a “compounded” case, number one? The guy showed NO RESPECT to the business manager, who was basically saying “enough is enough”? He didn’t offer to work or pick up trash for a meal… he just TOOK WHAT HE WANTED”? He is just a dredge of society – bottom of the heap for “entitled” behavior?

  • Bear Fan

    If I’m thirsty. Give me the water anytime.
    In all actuality coke will just make that much thirstier in a few moments.

    Put the guy to work cleaning up the slimy place.
    It’s in the seediest section of Naples.
    I know, I lived there for 12 years.

  • m i c

    It is not a matter of the dollar. If you are a thief then you deserve to be arrested. If your past crimes make it a felony then you also deserve that. There are many people that don’t make it there life to commit crimes. I DO NOT feel sorry for this guy!! Why does everyone think it’s OK to steal soda? theft is theft……

  • Donna

    And just how many times do you think management should look the other way? I’m sorry but when people find out you have a good heart and tend to look the other way they will continuously abuse the kindness of others until we have no other choice but to stand up and say something. And what gets me is they act all shocked and shakin when they get called out on it?? REALLY?? Theft is theft no matter how you look at it! I am sure if this was random they would have been some good customer that would have spoke up to say hey I will pay for it for him. BUT that didn’t happen because he is probably in there everyday playing the same courtesy cup game!

  • denis

    I NEED A SODA, THURSTY!

  • Paolo

    Is internet media really just more effective as tabloid media? Headlines like these are a waste of space and time, no matter what. A headline browser would think McDonald’s is dumb is for prosecuting (and will forever have this impression); a full-story reader, however, would realize that he has fallen into the tabloid trap, wasting five minutes of one’s life reading something that’s basically not news (repeat offender, hello! obviously needs to be taught a lesson). There’s the writer whose self-importance will be based on the number of views and comments, and likes and dislikes. Worst of all is the poster, who wastes more minutes of his life to comment and bitch and hopes that by doing so, he has validated his opinion in this virtual world. Oh wait, that’s me. Heh.

  • Michael

    this is exatly why i don’t eat at Mcpuke’s anymore bad food, bad service, and dirty restaurants across the country,theft is theft but this is over the top for a soft drink,$1.00 for more corporate greed

  • denis

    HIS BAIL SHOULD OF BEEN 150K AND A ANKLE BRACLET ON TO MONITER HIS LOCATION. HE MIGHT BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE FLORDIA, BUT HIS WHEREABOUTS SHOULD BE KNOWN AT ALL TIMES. WHEN CASE COMES TO TRAIL, HE NEEDS TO MUSTER UP PONY UP THE 1.00 FOR SODA, THAT WAS FLAT, TO MUCH SODA, PROBALLY NOT MIXED RIGHT TO BEGIN WITH, AND HEARD THERE WAS NO TP IN THE REST ROOM TO WIPE HIS BUT.
    WHAT HAS SOCIETY COME TO. WHAT HAS THE USA BECOME, WASHINGTON, LINCOLN AND REAGAN WOULD BE ASHAMED OF MCDONALDS FOLKS.
    WOW SUCH A PITTY, YES MAN SHOULD HAVE TO PAY, CANNOT RUN AROUND SOCIETY DRUNK, AND TAKING SODAS, BUT BETTER WAYS TO DO IT THAN CHARGE HIM WITH 6,500 5 YEAR FELONY AND COST TAX PAYERS 48K A YEAR IN DOING SO.

  • SueP

    I worked at McDonald’s and the owner was so cheap he would go out into the parking lot and collect the sales tax from the people sitting in their cars if they got a to go order and did not leave McDonald’s parking lot. This is a true story, in Ohio.

    The guy did commit a crime, stealing, but the punishment should fit the crime. In foreign countries they would have chopped off his hand. This guy should be given work detail/community service. That would help the taxpayers, instead of taxpayers paying to keep him in jail. Prisoners olike this performing community service would help out a lot in communities.

  • Rich

    Hello morons who are saying things like “this man repeatedly stole things! This $1 drink was the final straw, keep him in jail!”, any of you thinking about how much it’s costing us as taxpayers to teach this idiot any sort of “lesson”?! Maybe a night in jail was one thing, but this level of incarceration for a stupid cup (and a tiny one at that! Have you ever seen the $1 cups at mcdonalds??), this is just stupid. Sure, if he stole a car I’d see why he’s in jail, but a cup of soda? Nope, not worth my tax dollars

  • M.VanAntwerp

    I think the cops actually did their job right.It’s about time SOMEONE did something about the thieving jerk.I’m tired of seeing people skate by because it was a small crime.

  • Tone

    So I guess when I order a combo with a medium fry and drink, get home after my 45 minute drive, to find there are no fries, I should be pressing charges?

    • Kevin

      no because if you get back in your car go to mcdonalds they will give you your fries. he got caught and refused to pay.

  • paul

    I guess mcdonalds will be imprisoning many of their own employees, since the walk around eating fries, and drinking soda when they should be serving people.

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