Our Story: 15-year-old wants melted cheese to go with his unhealthy lunch items. 15-year-old picks up a container of melted cheese and attempts to leave with it. Cafeteria employee stops him and informs him that said cheese costs 25 cents. 15-year-old attempts to pay for the cheese. Payment is refused. Police are callled. 15-year-old is issued a $150 ticket for theft of cheese.
… What the hell is WRONG with people?! It’s a 25 cent container of cheese! Even if the kid’s lying and he did intend to steal the cheese, isn’t this something that could be handled with oh, say, detention?
Hmm, one to five cheese thefts per week, let’s calculate how much that’s costing them. There are 180 school days in a year, or 36 weeks of five days each. Let’s assume they are robbed of five cheese containers per week, as I’m sure some dangerous, incorrigible criminals take more than one cheese cup per theft. That’s 5 cups per week x .25 per cup x 36 weeks = $45 total cost to taxpayers for the school system’s lost cheese. Terrible, truly terrible.
Total cost to taxpayers for the prosecution of this case, as estimated by the tv station that reported this? $396.
Aaaaargh. Stupid humans.