Five hundred dollar soft drink fine has been dropped

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A man who faced a $525 fine for refilling an 89-cent drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital apparently will get off with a warning.

When Christopher Lewis of North Charleston, S.C., refilled his drink without paying, a federal police officer gave him a ticket.

The cafeteria at the center has signs posted in the drink machines indicating the cost of refills. Lewis is a construction worker and says he never noticed the signs and has refilled his drink before without paying.

A VA spokeswoman said after reviewing what happened at the Ralph C. Johnson Center in Charleston, officials decided a warning was sufficient.

Failing to pay for the refills is considered shoplifting.


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