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.