Thursday, April 26, 2007

Dude goes to jail for spilling then stealing a Coke

Eric Overstreet went into the Mystik Stop & Shop, paid for a fountain drink and poured it into a cup. He ended up mopping the floor — and then going to jail — as first he spilled the drink, then a second and a third.

"He clearly appeared to be under the influence of something other than good sense," Chief Assistant District Attorney Nicki Patterson said.

Overstreet, who at one point put a yellow "Wet Floor" warning sign out as he mopped and mopped, was chased down by a clerk when he grabbed another soft drink and left without paying for it. The soda saga, which occurred last September and was reported Wednesday by the Press-Register, led to Overstreet pleading guilty last week to a reduced charge of third-degree theft.

He was given a one-year suspended sentence and ordered to stay out of the Mystik Stop & Shop. Court officials also said he was reminded by Circuit Judge Rick Stout that he had spent time in jail "over a Coke." Stout said he hoped the Coke was good. Overstreet responded: "I should've had a V-8." Article here.

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