Man loses job after not paying for soda refill

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A South Carolina man has been fined $525 and lost his job on a construction site at a hospital after he went back for a refill of soda.

Lewis was having lunch at the VA Medical Center cafeteria in Charleston and went to refill his drink.

However, refills cost 89 cents, so Christopher Lewis was handed a federal fine for theft of government property when he started to walk away, WISTV reported.

Hospital administration said there are signs informing customers the refills are not free, but Lewis said he did not see any.

"As I was filling my cup up, I turned to walk off and a fella grabbed me by the arm and asked me was I going to pay for that, and I told him I wasn't aware that I had to pay for that," Lewis told the TV station.

When he tried to pay the 89 cents then, he was told he wasn't allowed. He also lost his job because of the theft.

Lewis says he plans to appeal the fine.


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