Thursday, April 26, 2007
Mobile man jailed over soda saga
The Associated Press
MOBILE -- Eric Burns Overstreet went into the Mystik Stop & Shop, paid for a fountain drink and poured it into a cup. He ended up mopping the floor -- and then going to jail -- as first he spilled the drink, then a second and a third.
"He clearly appeared to be under the influence of something other than good sense," Chief Assistant District Attorney Nicki Patterson said.
Overstreet, who at one point put a yellow "Wet Floor" warning sign out as he mopped and mopped, was chased down by a clerk when he grabbed another soft drink and left without paying for it. The soda saga, which occurred last September and was reported Wednesday by the Press-Register, led to Overstreet pleading guilty last week to a reduced charge of third-degree theft.
He was given a one-year suspended sentence and ordered to stay out of the Mystik Stop & Shop. Court officials also said he was reminded by Circuit Judge Rick Stout that he had spent time in jail "over a Coke."
Stout said he hoped the Coke was good.
Overstreet responded: "I should've had a V-8."
I love people who can maintain their sense of humor in bad situations like going to court.