Man chooses jail over paying for soda

December 30, 2008 5:32:07 AM PST
Police in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, say a man accused of stealing a soda worth $1.57 chose to go to jail rather than pay up, even though he was carrying more than $70.

They say the 27-year-old appeared to be drunk.

An employee told officers that the man had taken a cup from the counter, filled it and began drinking.

When employees told him he had to pay for the drink or leave, the man refused to do either.

A police officer told the man he could pay $1.57 or go to jail, and the man chose jail.

The officer handcuffed and searched him, finding the money in his pocket.

The man was given a citation for retail theft.