Man avoids $525 fine for soda refill
Posted: April 18, 2014 - 4:07am

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A man who faced a $525 fine for refilling an 89-cent drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital apparently will get off with a warning.

When Christopher Lewis of North Charleston, S.C., refilled his drink without paying Wednesday, a federal police officer gave him a ticket. Lewis is a construction worker and says he never noticed the signs and has refilled his drink before without paying.

VA spokeswoman Tonya C. Lobbestael said after reviewing what happened at the Ralph C. Johnson Center in Charleston, officials decided a warning was sufficient.

Lobbestael says the cafeteria at the center has signs posted in the drink machines indicating the cost of refills. Failing to pay for the refills is considered shoplifting.

The Latest

Breaking NewsAlleged stabber nabbed

UPDATED 10:36am - BERWICK – Police found alleged stabber John Gurns at the VFW...

Front PageSuspect sought

Berwick Police: Vagrant stabbed man

Front PageBU grad grilled by senators

Trump nominee cites Scott Township parents in State Department confirmation hearing

Front PageFirefighter is taking heat

Nescopeck man blames financial woes for failure to fix sidewalk

Front PageHorse stricken at rodeo died

Benton event official says animal’s death is first in 33 years