A felony charge for filling up a free water cup with McDonald’s soda? An Arkansas man now wishes he stayed away from the fountain when he drove through the drive-thru and ordered three later waters. Witnesses say Cody Morris, 18, then parked, went into the restaurant, and allegedly filled the cups with soda.
The manager at the McDonald’s recognized the trick and told the suspects to return the sodas to avoid felony charges, the Detroit Free Press reports He claims that only Morris did not, which resulted in a scuffle after the teenager walked out and got into his car to drive away.
Morris’ accomplices returned their ill-gotten sodas when pressed by a manager, but Morris allegedly refused. That’s when the manager decided to stand behind the group’s car to prevent them from leaving.
Police say the feline charge stuck when the group’s car reversed into the McDonald’s manager, who was then hit by the car a second time when he reached through the window to try to pull the keys from the ignition. The car drove off. The valiant soda-avenging manager reported the altercation to the police, AOL reported.
There is no word on the severity of the McDonald’s manager’s injuries. However, Morris is currently facing one charge of felony robbery, which could carry up to six years of jail time and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
“The theft became a robbery when the alleged suspect allegedly used force to resist apprehension by the store employees,” the Springdale Police Department said in a statement.
Officers found the car and Morris at a bowling alley, and he was arrested on suspicion of felony robbery. Allegedly hitting the manager with the car is what presumably elevated the felony charges at McDobald’s, FOX News noted.
Springdale, Arkansas has a lower violent crime rate and felony crime rate than Arkansas in general. The cost of a large soda at McDonald’s, which carries with it unlimited refills, is $1.49. McDonald’s also announced Monday that it would have all-you-can-eat french fries to all customers at select locations.
This isn’t the first time someone has been arrested for soda-related crimes or a felony at McDonald’s: In its coverage, WGBA said that a Florida man was busted for repeatedly stealing soda from a McDonald’s in 2012. He was caught doing the same thing at a Pizza Hut a few months later. (A more positive McDonald’s headline: all-you-can-eat fries.)