FL Man Jailed Over Drinking Soda Without Paying

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a Naples man remains jailed on felony charges after leaving a McDonald's restaurant without paying for a cup of soda.

Deputies arrested 52-year-old Mark Abaire last week after the restaurant manager told them he had asked for a cup of water and then filled it with soda from the fountain machine.

Police reports Abaire was sitting outside the restaurant when the manager asked him to pay a dollar for the soda. Abaire refused, then would not leave the premises. Police arrived and arrested him.

The charge is petty theft, but it was increased to a felony because Abaire has previous petty theft convictions. In Florida, a third-degree felony can result in a sentence of up to five years and a $5,000 fine.


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  • by James Location: Marianna on Apr 23, 2012 at 08:54 PM
    Thats crazy, arresting a man over a dollar. The man may not have had any money.Yall really want yalls money. I guess the next time I get shorted on my order, but get charged for sandwiches thats not in the bag, I should just call the law to yall.File Charges of thievery on yall. I'm not going to hear yalls whiney little voice saying it's a honest mistake again and again.
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