Man Charged With Felony After Filling McDonald's Water Cup With Soda

Cops say manager was hit by car trying to stop him
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2016 3:58 PM CDT
Cops: Man Charged With Felony for Filling McDonald's Water Cup With Soda
Cody Morris   (Washington County Detention Center)

An Arkansas man is facing felony charges after allegedly filling his free water cup with not-free soda Monday at a McDonald's in Springdale, KHBS/KHOG reports. Police say 18-year-old Cody Morris and two others drove through the McDonald's drive-thru and ordered three large waters. They then parked, went into the restaurant, dumped out the water, and allegedly filled the cups with soda. Morris' accomplices returned their ill-gotten sodas when pressed by a manager, but Morris allegedly refused. That's when the manager decided to stand behind the group's car to prevent them from leaving. At this point it's worth noting that—as Raw Story reports—a large soda at McDonald's costs only $1.49 and comes with free refills.

Police say the group's car reversed into the McDonald's manager, who was then hit by the car a second time when he reached through the window to try to pull the keys from the ignition. The car drove off, and the manager called police. Officers found the car and Morris at a bowling alley, and he was arrested on suspicion of felony robbery. (Allegedly hitting the manager with the car is what presumably elevated the charges.) This isn't the first time someone has been arrested for soda-related crimes at McDonald's: In its coverage, WGBA notes that a Florida man was busted for repeatedly stealing soda from a McDonald's in 2012. He was caught doing the same thing at a Pizza Hut a few months later. (A more positive McDonald's headline: all-you-can-eat fries.)

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