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Wyoming Student Fined $200 For Crumbs And Doughnut

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01/27/2012 04:17 PM ET

A Wyoming student was fined for eating a doughnut in a grocery store and then leaving it without paying for the item.

Wyoming is cracking down on students who think they can eat dessert items in stores without paying by slapping a fine big enough for them to learn their lesson.

One person is particular, 19-year-old Zach O’Dell, was charged back in late November and has now agreed to pay the $200 fine along with a $10 court cost and additional $0.79 for the doughnut he forgot to pay for. The incident happened at Blair’s Market, cost of the doughnut, the Northwest Trail reports.

Criminal defense attorney Sandra Kitchen says that the charges would be dismissed if O’Dell stay out of legal trouble for the next six months, getting the prosecution to defer the charges.

Ironically, O’dell is a student at Northwest college were he is studying criminal justice. O’Dell refused to comment on the issue.

A report detailing the loss to shoplifting in the US, amounts to .06% percent of retail inventory disappearing. In the report it was found out that US retailers lose a collective $25 million dollars a day on average to shoplifting. The study also indicated that it was believed that over half of the theft was from the retailers own employees.

The level of charges and consequences vary from levels of minor to major, considering the net worth of the merchandise trying to be stolen.

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