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Florida soda theft: Man faces 5 years in prison

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

April 24, 2012 2:48:34 PM PDT
A Florida man faces a felony charge and five years in prison for allegedly stealing a $1 cup of soda from a McDonald's restaurant.

Police say Mark Abaire asked the staff at the East Naples restaurant for a cup so he could get water from the soda fountain, but instead he got soda.

When the manager asked Abaire to pay for the soda, the 52-year-old apparently refused and cursed out the crew. That's when they called police.

Petty theft is usually a misdemeanor, but because Abaire has previous convictions for theft the charge was upgraded to a felony.