A South Carolina man originally got a $525 citation this week for refilling his soda without paying the 89 cents for a refill. Now the man will only get a warning, reports WCSC-TV in Charleston, S.C.
During his lunch hour Wednesday, Christopher Lewis, a construction worker at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, S.C., was given a federal citation for what a hospital spokesperson called "theft of government property," WCSC-TV reports.
Lewis told WCSC-TV that he tried to pay the 89 cents on the spot but was not allowed to do so. He was also told not to return to the property, according to WCSC-TV.
A hospital spokesperson told the station that Lewis was aggressive. In a statement to WCSC-TV, the VA medical center said it was "fortunate to have a highly trained federal police force to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and employees. As federal police they are responsible for enforcing the law ... Shoplifting is a crime."
Upon reviewing the case on Thursday, the VA decided a citation would be sufficient.