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article imageOp-Ed: North Charleston man facing federal charges over $.89 refill

By Eliana Robinson     Apr 17, 2014 in Odd News
North Charleston - A North Charleston man is now facing federal charges over an $0.89 drink refill. Christopher Lewis says he was not aware that refills at the VA Medical Center in North Charleston were not free.
The incident took place on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, when Lewis, an on-site construction worker, decided to refill his drink during lunch time.
"As I was filling my cup up, I turned to walk off and a fella grabbed me by the arm and asked me was I going to pay for that, and I told him I wasn't aware that I had to pay for that,” Lewis said.
He was given a $525 ticket, charged with “theft of government property”, and told not to return to the property.
It is unfathomable as to why he was allowed to leave the premises. Let’s forget the time it took for the officer to issue this ticket. Never ever think of the idea that every fast food dive, greasy spoon, and chicken shack offers free refills! Forget the paperwork, the time, and the tree that were all sacrificed during this shocking incident. Harden your hearts against the idea that the guard could have chipped in the .89 cents for the refill he was paid to protect. For the love of all that is holy, do not look into your quivering soul and ask why Christopher Lewis was not given the opportunity to pay his tab of almost 90 pennies!
The theft of fountain drinks is on the rise and we, as a country, need to respond. We must not allow people to think that they are entitled to anything, but especially free refills.
Kudos to this conscientious captain of cola! Thank you for never accidentally taking home a ballpoint pen! Thank you for making sure that the rest of us do not spindle, mutilate, staple, or remove the tag under the penalty of law. Thank you for your eagle-eyed vigilance and your unrelenting will to ticket all of the slackers hanging around the VA – patients, spouses, parents, children, and volunteers. I will not even mention the doctors and clergymen with their need to heal and be refreshed with bubbly lemon-lime goodness. Just think of all of those people who wish to honor and comfort those who serve…and walk off with delicious free soda.
Free refills should be part of a meritocracy. Plain and simple.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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