Man Acquitted After Stealing Hot Dog
When I go into a grocery store and decide I'd like to buy some grapes, I'll admit it. I taste one. It's not that I'm trying to steal from the store, though it is technically stealing, but I don't want to end up getting home and having a bag of grapes that are too sour for me to eat. Do bear in mind, however, that I eat ONE grape. Not the whole bag while I'm shopping.
CHENEY, Wash. - A man has been cleared of a theft charge after a bemused jury in Washington state found him not guilty of stealing a 99-cent hot dog.
John Richardson got the sausage from the self-serve counter of a Cheney, Wash., grocery store in December. He ate it while he shopped but forgot to include it when he paid for his groceries.
Store managers confronted Richardson and called police.
It took jurors about five minutes to reach their verdict in the February trial. Juror Patrick Reeves tells The Spokesman-Review someone would "have to be an idiot" not to realize Richardson simply forgot to pay.
Prosecutor Julie McKay didn't buy that. She says Richardson refused a deal to pay a $200 civil penalty and have the charge dropped.
Store officials declined to comment.