Woman Torches Vending Machine After It Takes Her Money

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There are few things in life more frustrating than carefully feeding your money into a vending machine and then having nothing happen. No soda, no change back. So, what do you do? Whack the machine? Kick it?

Debra Johnson tried to burn the whole thing to the ground.

Authorities say the 43-year-old was caught on a surveillance camera shoving newspaper into a 7-Up vending machine outside a Piggly Wiggly in New Bern, N.C. She then lit the newspaper on fire, grabbed a soda from a different vending machine and walked away. You can watch the video here. The fire melted the vending machine, destroying its contents and about $35 in change, KLTV reported.

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Johnson readily admitted her crime in court. “I’ll represent myself, ’cause I’m guilty,” Johnson stated in according to KLTV. “I don’t need a lawyer to lie for me, cause I’mma tell you I done it.”

Waving her right to an attorney and refusing to pay the $10,000 bond, Johnson faces two felony charges of burning of personal property and burning of certain buildings. It’s just a question of whether a jury will convict her, or just nod their heads in understanding.

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