Man Arrested For Stealing Soda Refill

Don't drink the lemon-lime if you can't do the time.

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Broke high school students, cheap grandmothers and petty criminals, beware: swiping a soda refill can lead to jail time. A Florida man has been charged with a felony for filling his complimentary water cup with soda at a fast food restaurant.

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Mark Abaire, 52, of Naples, Florida, was arrested by Collier County deputies after leaving a local McDonald’s without paying for the soda he put in his complimentary water cup. While the felony theft charge he faces for the $1 theft sounds a bit like something out of a Victor Hugo novel, it turns out that Abaire is a repeat offender — thus the heightened sentence. As the local ABC News affiliate explains:

While his charge is petty theft, because of previous petty theft convictions, the charge for drinking the unpaid-for soda was increased from a misdemeanor to a felony.

In Florida, a third-degree felony can mean a sentence of up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Abaire faces additional misdemeanor counts of trespassing and disorderly intoxication. He was held in Collier County jail with bond set at $6,500. Which is $6,499 more than the price of a soda.

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