Guess What Someone's Accused of Stealing From Red Lobster

If you guessed a lobster, you'd be correct
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2018 11:36 AM CST
Cops: Woman Stole Live Lobster From Red Lobster
This Sept. 13, 2016, file photo shows a Red Lobster restaurant in North Miami, Fla.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

You may not make the news if you simply steal a lobster, but if you're accused of taking it from a place named after the crustacean, you could be guaranteed a place among the day's headlines. That's what happened in St. Petersburg, Fla., where a 42-year-old woman allegedly made off with a live lobster from ... Red Lobster, the New York Daily News reports. The official charges against Kimberly Gabel, who was arrested Saturday, include disorderly intoxication and causing a disturbance, with a report from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office noting that cops were called when a Red Lobster manager asked Gabel to leave for disturbing other patrons, per the Orlando Sentinel.

Police say Gabel began hurling profanities at the manager, then dipped her hand into the lobster tank, retrieved a lobster, and ran out of the restaurant. When cops found Gabel not far from the scene of the pilfering, they say she reeked of alcohol. She insisted she "did not do anything wrong," and that the lobster incident happened while she was "blacked out drunk." She therefore had no idea where the lobster was, and it still has not been recovered. Per the Smoking Gun, Gabel was released on $100 bond after being booked at the county jail. (A Maine restaurant sedated its lobsters with pot.)

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