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Man Faces 5 Years for Stealing McDonald's Soda

Mark Adaire charged with felony for $1 theft
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2012 4:00 AM CDT
Man Faces 5 Years for Stealing McD's Soda
Abaire faces a felony theft charge and misdemeanor counts of trespassing and disorderly intoxication.   (Collier County Sheriff)

(Newser) – A Florida man has been charged with a felony for swiping a soda from McDonald's. Police say Mark Adaire, 52, walked into a McDonald's restaurant, asked for a cup of water, and then filled the cup with soda and left without paying. Adaire, who swore at the manager after she confronted him outside, faces a felony charge carrying up to 5 years in prison for $1 theft because of his history of minor petty theft convictions, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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Abaire is behind bars with bail set at $6,500. "I have a responsibility to take appropriate steps to protect my business and keep my customers and employees safe," the owner of the McDonald's where the incident took place tells the International Business Times. "We are fully cooperating with the authorities on this matter. I have an obligation to the public to adhere closely to local and state laws and rely on the counsel of local law enforcement regarding these types of issues." (Read more theft stories.)

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