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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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  • denis

    AND WHAT DOG AND PONY JUDGE WOULD ORDER 6,500 BOND ON A 1.00 SODA. ONLY IN FL HU! I HAVE HOUSE IN GULF BREEZE FL ON BEACH, AND WHILE NICE PLACE TO LIVE, THE LAWS ARE GETTIING OUT OF HAND. BUT THE RIGHT TO CARRY AND PROTECT YOURSELF IS GOOD. JUST NEEDS TO BE MADE CORRECT TO UNDERSTAND, AND NEED A LAW ON BOOKS SHOWING YOU CAN GET 5 YEARS FOR STEALING A 1.00 FLAT, MIXED POORLY SODA FROM MCDONALDS.
    LAST TIME I WAS THERE, DRIVE UP WINDOW, ORDER WAS WRONG, CHEATED ME OUT OF ONE HAMBURGER, AND COLD LIMP FRIES, COUPLE MILES DOWN THE ROAD, NOT THE TIME NOR WORTH TURNING AROUND FOR TO GO BACK AND ARGUE WITH THE MANAGMENT ABOUT IT.

  • paul

    Or maybe mcdonald can pay us back for all that pink slime they were stuffing the burgers with. Since we were supposibly paying for meat.

  • Taxpayer

    So, for a 1.00 cup of coke, the taxpayers must now pay for 3 meals a day and a place to live. Why would the state take that kind of loss. increible stupidity. So he has multiple petty crimes, probably all like this one! $1 vs. over $150 each day he stays in custody at our expense!

  • Thom

    That’s just too bad, I have to pay for what I want, so should you!!! It doesn’t matter the cost, It’s wrong and should be punished!! If everyone did what he did,[it's only a dollar] businesses would be closed. You do the math, or better yet, let’s take a dollar from you and then see how you feel then!!!!!

  • Jake

    It’s not about the $1.00, it’s about the crime. We tend to measure the severity of a crime by how much money is involved. Does it make a difference if someone assualts you and runs off with $1.00 versus $10,000. We need to stop worshiping money!

  • denis

    WELL LATE I AM GOING TO BED! I WILL SLEEP BETTER TONIGHT KNOWING THIS DANGEROUS MAN IS OFF THE STREETS SO I DONT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HIM PICKING UP THE CUP OF SODA THAT WAS BAD FROM MCDONALDS I THROW OUT MY WINDOW, I DONT WANT HIM TO GET IT, CAUSE THE DOGS AND CATS NEED IT SO GOOD THING THIS GUY IS IN JAIL.
    MY SISTER DIED LAST WEEK AND IS DOING FINE, SHE MOVED ACROSS THE LOT, IN THE VACANT HOUSE ABOUT THE OAK TREE LAST NIGHT, IT WAS A HARD MOVE ON HER PART.
    I VISITED HER AND SHE TOLD ME THIS STORY ABOUT THE POOR OLD MEAN SOUL WHOM WAS DRUNK AND WENT TO GET A CUP OF SODA AT MCDONALDS AND DID NOT PAY FOR IT, TOLD THEM TO GO TO HELL, AND WELL YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY.

  • Liz

    Yesterday morning the Mcdonalds charged me for a 1$ bowl of oatmeal, made me 10 min late for work and never gave me the oatmeal. PLus they gave me half syrup in my latte so I had to throw it away… were is my justice! That is at least a misdemeanor!!

  • cr

    So let me get this straight… McDonalds poisons people all day long with their crap. My tax dollars have to cover medical costs for people who eat the crap. Now my tax dollars have to pay to incarcerate this guy who steals the crap?

  • cr

    This was in Florida? I’m surprised someone didn’t pull out a gun, blow the guy away and claim “stand your ground”

    • k

      Im suprised too!

  • Claudia Ramey

    I feel that he should not get away Scott free. However, the punishment should fit the crime. People can’t be allowed to just freely take things that other people are expected to pay for, it is illegal. It starts with a soda ….. Next thing you know, we can no longer get courtesy cups for water and have to wait for our soda’s (can’t be trusted). Sure as consumers we say oh it’s just a soda, but as an owner, that adds up. Sorry, no sympathy for a thief.

  • Kevin

    HE HAD OTHER PRIOR CONVICTIONS!!!! its not like the guy came from doing charity work an decided to steal a soda. STEAL!!! if some random guy came into your house and took one little stupid thing that you would have sold for a dollar you would still be mad. its not that he stole something that was only a dollar. its that he stole something. people should probably figure this out. its not how small the crime is. it is still a crime.

  • Richard

    Justice, or just ice?
    So, our society has elected to do this. Says a lot about “a government by the People, for the People”, doesn’t it?
    The taxpayer voted to penalize themselves and each other for this guy’s ‘crime against society’ because he now, at taxpayers expense, has ‘three hots and a cot’ for the next five years. At roughly $30,000/year ($150,000 total) that’s a hefty price tag authorized, and paid for, by Florida taxpayers for an all-expenses paid “rehabilitation” – not counting the court costs, public defender, and probation fees and costs, etc.
    The voters deserve the type of government that they helped to create, while people like me just want to be left alone from the abuses of their illogical and unsustainable society.

  • k

    Amazing!!! You can steal a $1 Coke and go to jail for 5 years in Florida but you can shoot a child and be out on bail walking free. This world is a mess.

  • Rich

    lets remember that if mcdonalds is charging $1 then the actual cost to them is about $.04!!!

    • TOM J

      YEAH, WHO’S REALLY THE CROOK?

  • TOM J

    NOW IF WE CAN JUST GET ALL FOLKS WITH PRIORS TO STEAL FROM MICKY D’S, THE COPS CAN FINALLY FILL UP ALL THOSE EMPTY CELLS @ $45,000 PER YEAR OF TAX PAYERS MONEY!!!! YIPPIE… CALL IT A MC-STING

  • Gale

    This is a clear case of the media providing insufficient information to the public in order to get a rise out of those among us who believe everything they read. Certainly there is more to this than a $1 worth of soda. The author offers that the man has priors. In my experience, there is often a lot more to the case than the issue of a $1 soda. Let’s not be so naive to think that the article tells the whole story.

  • H Mendez

    It is not that simple anymore. Now he is in debt with the authorities at the rate of $200/300 a day.
    It does not make sense, make him mop the floor for the cup of coffee or something
    USE YOUR HEADS for once.

  • http://www.yahoo.com TH1101

    I read all the comments above and totally disagree with those that think this is ridiculous. What are we teaching the next generation about stealing? Stealing is stealing. There is no gray area. Right from wrong does not come with exceptions to the rule. The man has a criminal history and needs to be taught a lesson even if most think it is stupid. i think McDonalds and the local police did the right thing to arrest the man. Stealing is stealing

  • ultramanjones

    This is not a felony. Any judge worthy of his job would throw out the law that makes non-violent petty crime offenders into felons, just because they do it a bunch of times. It’s still the same crime. Raise the punishment for the misdemeanor. Make it a serious misdemeanor penalty, as serious as is reasonable, but this is NOT a felony and ALL of the judges that support these sorts of things being elevated to felonies are the problem with this country. THEY are the criminals for violating the civil rights of American Citizens. If he’s drunk, throw him in the “drunk” tank. He may need to be institutionalized, maybe even locked up in a secure psychiatric facility, but that still doesn’t make him rightfully a felon. This sort of BS is the whole reason that this country was started to begin with; to get away from this kind of government tyranny. Conservatives, this has your signature all over it. You witless, compassion-less, life destroying, self-righteous, scared, Jesus hating assholes. Yeah, I said it, you HATE Jesus, because you NEVER do anything that he taught you to do.

  • http://YAHOO TEE

    OH MY GOD I TOOK SOME EXTRA NAPKINS FOR REAL YOU COULD OF MADE THE MAN TAKE OUT SOME TRASH CLEAN THE RESTROOMS BECAUSE THEY NEED IT OVER ADOLLER

  • http://www.twitter.com/NadiaNetwork Nadia

    I love how it took weeks upon weeks of massive public outcry and Presidential commentary to get George Zimmerman arrested for murdering a human being but this dude was snapped up right quick. Good old FL. All of lifes problems can be solved by putting a man in a cement cage. Right?

  • FUBAR

    PUT THE MCDONALDS MANAGER IN PRISON, AS WELL AS THE ARRESTING OFFICER. THE STATE OF FLORIDA WILL LOVE IT, IT ADDS TO MORE PRISONERS FOR THE SYSTEM TO MAKE MORE MONEY. TOURISM # 1, PRISONS # 2 THATS WHERE FLORIDA MAKES ITS MONEY. NEXT TIME I THINK MCDONALDS, I AM GOING TO WENDYS (THEY HAND YOU YOUR BEVERAGE, NO HONOR SYSTEM)

  • Jasmine

    McDonalds throws away food worth more than that every single night! It means nothing to the franchise at all. The manager was just being evil. That’s not using good business sense. Even if a lot of people did this, most people spend money on OTHER items, which would more than make up the difference anyway.

  • Miles

    The manager of any public place and especially a Mc Donald’s manager who could not put up with miner discrepancy’s from the public should have hade the soda’s wear no one had access. He needs sued for letting this happen.

  • scott looker

    only florida can corrupt even a soft drink-come on vacation-leave on probation-

  • SB

    It’s time to arrest and prosecute some major Florida criminals…ALL of them. See the below message for more information. The comment was previously posted elsewhere; however, it provides insight into my first sentence so it is fitting that I include it here. Additionally, the public should be aware.

    —————————————————

    Next stop Gainesville, Fla. (i.e. “Gator Country”). “Why specifically?”, you ask.

    Because in Alachua County, within recent months, numerous and egregious violations of law have been committed that warrant multiple criminal prosecutions and other severe government sanctions. These crimes have had all types of deleterious effects including, but not limited to, once again placing the integrity of Florida’s election results (for 2012) in jeopardy. A few of the things that are central to this issue are:

    1
    David P. Kreider [Mr. Kreider, a proven criminal, is a corrupt Alachua County Court judge. This criminally-corrupt judge also happens to be both (a) one of the circuit's former prosecutors and (b) a former Division Chief for the State Attorney's Office.]

    2
    Robert Roundtree, Chief Judge for Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit (he recently replaced the embattled Martha Lott who resigned from her chief judge post subsequent to becoming embroiled in this scandal which has started to implode; her resignation was announced on 04/09/2012 and was reported to have gone into effect on 04/05/2012)

    3
    Spencer Mann, Chief Investigator for the State Attorney’s Office of Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit

    4
    William “Bill” Cervone, State Attorney for Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit

    5
    The conspiracy / scandal related to the “Gibson Case”

    6
    The two irrefutable reports and extensive corroborating evidence that is in the possession of agencies, including those within Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit (and the aforementioned Spencer Mann and Chief Judge’s office). The comprehensive reports and evidence span a total of more than 100 pages and in-depthly detail criminal activities carried out under the color of law by criminal/judge David P. Kreider and various other co-conspirators.

    http://www.complaints.com/2012/march/14/Corrupt_Judge_David_P._Kreider_now_taints_the_ele_264712.htm

    This is the gateway to some serious corruption and a major cover-up attempt.

  • Rob

    I knew a guy just like this douchebag. Everywhere he went he was pinching grapes from the produce section or a carrot stick from the salad bar. He knew all the tricks like ask for a free cup then fill it with soda when nobody was looking. I watched him get yelled at for stealing a grape and then take two more when the guy was walking away. I asked him why he wasn’t worried about getting caught and he replied “What are they going to do, put me in jail?” He was a constant drain on society. Don’t worry about the cost to the legal system… the system is VERY good at recovering their fees plus some… in fines and mandatory classes. This guy is right where he belongs.

  • Gerogie”killa”Ziemerdaman

    He was just “Standing His Ground” against the Drink dispenser that mocked him…

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