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Petty thief tries to get hamburger "on credit"

Petty thief tries to get hamburger

Incident Date 12/15/2014 - 7:49 PM

Address 517 State St. (Five Guys Burgers and Fries)

Arrested Ray A. Wallace, age 60, no permanent address

Mr. Wallace was arrested for Theft and Unlawful to Possess/Consume Open Intoxicant on Public St.

Details It was Monday, but he did not utter the words J. Wellington Wimpy made famous in the 1930's: "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today." Rather, the customer at State Street's Five Guys Burgers and Fries kept his request less wordy: "burger for credit." The restaurant's manager told him that was not in the cards. The customer responded by stuffing his hand in the tip jar and pocketing an estimated $10 in gratuities. Popeye might have said: "That's all I can stands, I can't stands no more!" The manager chose different words to express similar sentiment: "Hey, you can't do that!" The man simply grunted and walked out the door. The manager called police and provided a description that enabled officers to quickly locate a suspect. He had a bottle of alcohol, the money from the tip jar, but no cans of spinach in his pockets.

Released 12/17/2014 at 11:19 AM by PIO Joel Despain


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