Floridian Faces Five Years In Prison For Refusing To Pay $1 For A Cup Of Soda

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A man in Naples, Fla., is facing a felony charge for filling his cup with soda after he told the cashier he was getting water.

Mark Abaire entered the McDonald’s on 14th Street North in East Naples about 10 p.m. He asked for water, but then got a soft drink and sipped it on the curb.

The manager approached Abaire and told him to pay $1, but Abaire refused.

Police came to the scene of the soda snatch. Abaire was charged with petty theft, but because he has previous petty theft charges, the charge was upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony.

In Florida, a third-degree felony, the lowest felony charge, can result in up to 5 years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Abaire also faces misdemeanor counts of trespassing and disorderly intoxication. His bond is set at $6,500.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.