Do you have adblock enabled?
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(The Smoking Gun)   Indiana couple faces felony rap for double-dipping at multiplex theater   (thesmokinggun.com) divider line 37
    More: Asinine, Warm Bodies, Portage, felony, zombie films, theaters, thefts  
•       •       •

18646 clicks; posted to Main » on 26 Feb 2013 at 7:36 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



Voting Results (Smartest)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


Archived thread
2013-02-26 07:22:45 PM  
14 votes:
Charging twelve dollars for buttered popcorn should be a felony.
2013-02-26 07:46:09 PM  
7 votes:
F Them for doing stupid kids stuff.
F The movie theater manager for calling the police.
F The police for not just giving them the trespass warning and send them on their way
F The state for considering petty theft a felony

I hate everyone in this story.  It's a shining example of just how absurd everything has become.
2013-02-26 07:42:01 PM  
7 votes:
In other news, in a country where a small collection of bankers can dismantle an entire economy and demand to be reimbursed for their time, 6.75 is now felony theft.
2013-02-26 07:41:12 PM  
4 votes:
THIS is how to enact successful voter suppression.
2013-02-26 07:40:56 PM  
4 votes:

edmo: $6.75 is a felony? Gee what card in the deck should I play?


It's not $6.75.  It's $13.50.  That's double digits, man.  It seems perfectly reasonable that those people should never be able to vote, own a firearm, or hold a white collar job for the rest of their lives.
2013-02-26 07:54:21 PM  
3 votes:
I've gotta blame the cinemaplex. Why did they eliminate the double feature, or even the Saturday Matinee? And especially the cartoons at the beginning.
You youngsters just don't know what the megaplex cinemas have cheated you out of.

// Onion. Belt. Knot. Check, Check, Check.
2013-02-26 07:30:15 PM  
3 votes:

Richard Saunders: Charging twelve dollars for buttered

butter flavored popcorn should be a felony.


Flavored that for ya'
2013-02-26 06:19:07 PM  
3 votes:
Felony? Try petty theft.
2013-02-26 08:44:42 PM  
2 votes:
OK...enough about $13.50. This guy wore a pair of white denim pants, white denim vest, and a bright red shirt to a  funeral!
2013-02-26 08:23:46 PM  
2 votes:

shamalamadingdong: Why on Earth would you not lie to the cops in this instance?

"Where's your ticket stub?"
"I paid cash and threw it away.  Buh-bye."

Done.


Exactly, then the race card, "Are you checking all the people in the theater or just the black people?"
2013-02-26 08:20:53 PM  
2 votes:
Why on Earth would you not lie to the cops in this instance?

"Where's your ticket stub?"
"I paid cash and threw it away.  Buh-bye."

Done.
2013-02-26 07:46:48 PM  
2 votes:

cman: Can someone with a GED in Law answer this for me? Do those who are convicted of non-violent felonies lose their right to vote/own guns?


Don't even need a GED in law.  Convicted of ANY felony, you lose your right to own firearms. Violent or not. Doesn't matter how long ago.  Convicted of any domestic violence misdemeanor, same thing.

Doesn't matter if you've been an awesome person since the Nixon administration... if you fall into those categories, no guns for you. Certain antique firearms and muzzleloaders don't necessarily qualify as "firearms" for the purposes of federal law (your state may vary), so those are a possibility. But if you want anything remotely modern, you either need a pardon, an expungement, or different hobbies.
2013-02-26 07:43:59 PM  
2 votes:
Next time, try something petty, like derailing a mortgage banking industry. It's not a crime if involves million$.
2013-02-26 06:13:20 PM  
2 votes:
1. If you are gonna sneak into a movie theater, don't wear something that will stick out.
2. Felony is a bit much. Is this their first time caught? If they have been caught before I could understand the felony charge
2013-02-26 11:40:44 PM  
1 votes:
Apparently, in Indiana all theft is grand theft. Stealing a movie ticket is the same class D felony as first-offense car theft (repeat car theft or theft over $100,000 is a class C felony).

However, they have Alternative Misdemeanor Sentencing. I guess this is their way of never having trials for small-time theft because anybody would take that plea in a heartbeat.
2013-02-26 11:23:00 PM  
1 votes:
Currently, Indiana law has two different "theft" charges on the books: Conversion, a Class A Misdemeanor, and Theft, a Class D Felony.  Conversion carries a potential penalty of 0-365 days in jail while Theft carries a potential penalty of 6 months to 3 YEARS in prison.  The difference between the two seems to be what kind of mood the prosecutor is in when deciding what charges to file.

As has been pointed out, above, Indiana currently has no minimum threshhold to be charged with a felony, although there IS a bill in front of the General Assembly this session that would set a felony threshhold of, I beleive, $100 to be a felony offense.

It's also worth noting that what the police arrest a person for and what the prosecutor finally charges are often two very different things.  The cops probably told them that they were being arrestedfor theft because it's easier to explain than conversion.  Being that this is Porter County, and the dollar amount involved, I suspect that the prosecutor will ultimately charge conversion, unless there's an extensive criminal history.

/Indiana criminal lawyer
//God, this state makes me drink sometimes
2013-02-26 10:51:52 PM  
1 votes:
I double dipped a few movies as a teenager.

The hardest part about it was finding two movies worth watching that were in theaters at the same time.
2013-02-26 10:17:00 PM  
1 votes:
That prison industry isn't going to feed itself, folks. We need to make more petty crimes felonies if we're going to keep them full.
2013-02-26 08:45:32 PM  
1 votes:

El_Perro: TommyymmoT: Felony? Try petty theft.

Looks like Indiana law defines any theft, regardless of amount, as a Class D felony:

A person who knowingly or intentionally exerts unauthorized control over property of another person, with intent to deprive the other person of any part of its value or use, commits theft, a Class D felony.

It's absurd to charge them with a felony, though.


Unless that theatre is packed, there's not value or use.

It's like using your boss' crappy while their on vacation.

Felony is ridiculous - mess up two people's lives for something like that.
2013-02-26 08:42:16 PM  
1 votes:

Kanemano: someone was asking how we jail more people per capita than China, well here's your answer.


China tends to like more radical methods of behavior correction (caning perhaps) so it's possible to do your time without languishing in prison for a couple of years for minor crimes.
Maybe if we were allowed to open up a can of whoop-ass as an alternative to prison, we might be able to empty our cells a bit too.  As is, our current laws prevent cruel and unusual punishment which includes- apparently-- the lack of cable tv, free weights, conjugal visits, etc.
2013-02-26 08:41:23 PM  
1 votes:

Popcorn Johnny: Welcome to Fark, where even obvious sarcasm gets a troll score.


The score was for the obvious sarcasm, and it's pseudo inflammatory posture.  Welcome to FARK where people say "Welcome to FARK" like something very important happened.
2013-02-26 08:35:30 PM  
1 votes:
Should they have sneaked into the second movie?

No.

Di they toss your sainted grandmother out into the snow, flat on her puckered sh*tter because they blew her pension fund on 8 year old Brazilian boy whores and mas fina blow and scotch?

No.

If we don't start getting or priorities straight and stop worshiping "successful" criminals, there's not going to be a lot of impetus for the petty criminals to clean up their acts.

We've created a culture that thrives on "getting away with crap".

No, we really have.

How's it working out?  Come on, we need more Gestapo in here cheerleading in earnest for the dolts who pressed felony charges.

For Freedom!
2013-02-26 08:21:13 PM  
1 votes:

bunner: MrHappyRotter: This crime is so heinous, reprehensible and atrocious that I can only hope Indiana has the death penalty.  Criminals like these, with no regards for the life and livelihood of other people, have no purpose on this planet -- executions is the only logical punishment that could allow them to provide any benefit to society.

4/10.  Spicy.


Welcome to Fark, where even obvious sarcasm gets a troll score.
2013-02-26 08:13:45 PM  
1 votes:

clowncar on fire: ArcadianRefugee: cman: Felony is a bit much. Is this their first time caught? If they have been caught before I could understand the felony charge

I can't, unless they have done this many times. Less than $14 is felony theft?

Oh, wait: they're black. So yeah, LOCK 'EM UP!!!!!

*sigh*

I must of read a different story- sounds like they were booked and released- will probably get a fine out of it.  This wasn't the first time for these two- just the first time they got caught.

Nothing mentioned in the article whether they had a history of little petty incidences or not.  Maybe the theater has had a rash of these felonies, had security be on the look out for the first person they could  make an example out of.  Dressing like a 70's pimp- that in itself should be a felony.

It is not a felony for the theater to charge 6.75 for a ticket- there are other venues of entertainment out there that are free.  Movies charging exorbitant prices does not justify theft: you can choose not to purchase tickets if they are too expensive.  Theater owners , on the other hand, are under no obligation to give away free tickets.


You must "of" read a different comment as well, as I have no idea what your comments are addressing, since no one said what the couple did was justified, and commenting on "maybe" is just trollish.

Oh, wait: it's you. Sorry.
2013-02-26 08:13:26 PM  
1 votes:
i.imgur.com


/Misunderstood conservative is my favorite new meme
2013-02-26 08:12:08 PM  
1 votes:
   I always questioned $5 milk duds....I guess thats why they're kept in jewelry display cases.
2013-02-26 08:05:30 PM  
1 votes:
You suck, Indiana.
2013-02-26 08:02:47 PM  
1 votes:

js34603: How do you even get caught doing this? I was at a movie the other night and nothing would have been easier then walking into another movie after mine let out. (I didn't...Die Hard 8 or 9 was so bad it gave me cancer, I didn't even want to see another movie)

At least at this theater they don't even have high school kids making minimum wage guarding the doors. Though they do have a cop at the entrance, so if I did get caught guess I'd have a ride downtown.


Cameras.  Not too hard to notice a couple people break away from the B-line to the exits/bathrooms.
2013-02-26 08:01:52 PM  
1 votes:
Cops should not be allowed to work other jobs while wearing their police uniform.
2013-02-26 08:00:18 PM  
1 votes:

Arctic Phoenix: guerochuleta: Maybe it seems excessive, but then you take into account that these people are probably (definitely, by their own admission) recurring thieves.  Not like they were going to do any good to society any way.

Yes, because we all know that sneaking into movie theaters is just a gateway to hard core murder, rape, and armed robbery.



Even "Sideshow Bob" paid for his ticket.
2013-02-26 07:55:00 PM  
1 votes:

Richard Saunders: Charging twelve dollars for UN-buttered popcorn, and an additional $2.50 for 4 year old melted buttershould be a felony.


FTFY
/junior mints from the freezer are worth it, however.
2013-02-26 07:50:50 PM  
1 votes:
They paid to see a Dwayne Johnson movie?  Damn right that's a felony.
2013-02-26 07:48:39 PM  
1 votes:

CruiserTwelve: El_Perro: It's absurd to charge them with a felony, though.

Doesn't look like they had a choice. Theft is a class D felony in Indiana. Does sound absurd though.


I'm sure they'll let them plea down to misdemeanor criminal conversion and give them some community service.

/yes, my GED in law is working quite well for me
//thank you
2013-02-26 07:46:36 PM  
1 votes:

L.D. Ablo: Will someone start the race baiting already?


Well... they certainly look guilty.

Happy?
2013-02-26 07:43:20 PM  
1 votes:
13.50$:    two white teens/ attractive young adults?   eh, time served, pay back the theatre, go pick up litter in the park for a saturday.

couple shown here?   5 - 10yrs, permanent mark on their records.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-26 07:30:46 PM  
1 votes:
Charging twelve dollars for buttered popcorn should be a felony.

There was a class action lawsuit one state to the north claiming expensive theater food violated state consumer protection laws. I read the state law and the lawsuit did not look entirely frivolous. The law forbids selling stuff for much higher prices than normal in the area. Movie food is much more expensive than normal in the area. The lawsuit failed because movie theaters are state-regulated and under Michigan law the state has exclusive power to enforce pricing law in a regulated industry.
2013-02-26 06:29:13 PM  
1 votes:

TommyymmoT: Felony? Try petty theft.


Looks like Indiana law defines any theft, regardless of amount, as a Class D felony:

A person who knowingly or intentionally exerts unauthorized control over property of another person, with intent to deprive the other person of any part of its value or use, commits theft, a Class D felony.

It's absurd to charge them with a felony, though.
 
Displayed 37 of 37 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
On Twitter





In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report