Soda Thief Faces Felony Charge
Mark Abaire a Florida man will be charged with a felony for allegedly filling up on stolen soda with the complimentary water cup a cashier provided him at McDonald's.
A manager told sheriff's deputies that Abaire entered the store and asked for a glass of water around 10 p.m. Although the employee told him the cup was for water, Abaire filled it with soda at a fountain machine and sat outside the restaurant, according to an arrest report.
While his charge is petty theft, due to previous crimes and convictions, the charge for snatching a soda was increased from petty theft to a felony.
In Florida, a third-degree felony can result in a sentence of up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.