Wednesday, January 13, 2010

People v. Alford (Cal. Ct. App. - Jan. 13, 2009)

"In April 2008, defendant Anthony Mark Alford, Jr., entered a Wal-Mart, loaded a shopping cart with meat, put most of the meat in a 150-quart ice chest, placed some other items in the cart, and tried to leave the store without paying. The total value of the items in the cart was $515.20. Defendant told a peace officer he was going camping and did not have money to pay for the meat."

Not the most sophisticated crime in the universe, huh? "Excuse me, sir. I couldn't help but notice that the plastic ice chest you're buying weighs around 150 pounds. Need any help with that?"

By the way, for that crime, Alford gets six years in prison. Because we call it "burglary."

I guess having the state buy you meat -- or, more likely, meat-like items -- for six years is another way to go "camping" too.