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$1 felony charge for Florida man who drank some pop

Man faces prison sentence for filling his water cup with Coke.

$1 felony charge has a Florida man facing prison time for filling a complimentary water cup with pop.
Source: United States Government via Wikimedia Commons
Caption: $1 felony charge has a Florida man facing prison time for filling a complimentary water cup with pop.

$1 felony for stealing a soda? A Naples, Florida man is facing felony charges for failing to pay for his Coke.

Mark Abaire, 52, is being charged with what is being called the $1 felony. Abaire allegedly walked out of an East Naples McDonald’s after filling a courtesy cup with soda instead of water and did not pay the $1 charge for the drink.

The manager approached Abaire and asked him to pay for the drink, but Abaire refused and proceeded to curse at the manager.

The manager told police she wanted to press charges for Abaire’s alleged theft, adding that Abaire was issued a trespass warning at that McDonald’s location in 2008.

Abaire was originally charged with a misdemeanor, but when it was discovered that he had prior theft convictions in 2003, 2005, and 2007, his charges were upgraded and resulted in the $1 felony.

Abaire now faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine for the $1 felony theft case.