Eating a Cop's Fries Is Apparently Illegal A Maryland woman learned that the hard way By Arden Dier, Newser Staff Posted Sep 14, 2016 9:37 AM CDT 92 comments Comments What a daredevil. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File) (Newser) – Stealing food off a friend's plate might be acceptable, but it's best not to take such liberties with a police officer. Police tell Fox 5 that a 26-year-old Maryland woman and a friend started a conversation with an officer at a DC restaurant on Wednesday, then the first woman began nibbling on the officer's French fries. The officer told the woman, who was believed to be intoxicated, "to not do that again because … she was stealing from me and she could be arrested for theft of my food," according to a police report. "Well then you might as well take me to jail," the woman said, then took another fry, police allege. She was arrested and charged with second-degree theft of "French Fried Potato … quantity three," per the Washington Post.