Walmart Hits Oreo-Loving Worker With Felony Charge

63-year-old fired, accused of theft

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 22, 2013 6:30 PM CST

(Newser) – Walmart is slapping a former employee with felony charges after she allegedly ate the store's Oreo cookies on the job, The Smoking Gun reports. Penny Winters, 63, admits to munching on Oreos at the Indiana store but says she noticed an open bag and considered them a gift from management. Surveillance footage, however, showed "Ms. Winters select the package of cookies, open it, and proceed to consume multiple cookies during her work shift," according to a police report.

The report added that Winters admitted to stealing and eating other junk food, and said she “simply did not have the monies to legitimately purchase the food items." So Walmart had her arrested, charged with felony theft, and fired her from the $11.40-per-hour maintenance job. She posted bond and was released from jail earlier this week.

Penny Winters.
Penny Winters.   (Portage Police)
Oreo cookies.
Oreo cookies.   (Shutterstock)
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