Good column from the Spokesman-Review, which writes about the case of a man who was accused of stealing a 99-cent hot dog from the grocery store. One juror says it's pretty clear that he simply forgot to pay, seeing as how he did pay for $28 in groceries before he left the store. He tried to pay up once confronted outside, but it was too late:
McKay said the reason this ended up before a jury is that Richardson refused to accept a deal. Here’s an example of a deal he was offered: In exchange for the charges being dropped, he’d pay restitution for the sausage, and pay the store owners a $200 civil penalty.
“So now the $1 hot dog was a $201 hot dog,” Richter said.
Hat Tip: Many thanks, Mad Keith!