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Pennsylvania Could Put a Homeless Man in Prison Over 43 Cents

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Criminal Justice

Joe Lancaster | 9.21.2021 12:09 PM

A homeless man in Pennsylvania faces years in prison for not reading the fine print.

Joseph Sobolewski picked up a single Mountain Dew from a convenience store, listed as two for $3, according to Penn Live. He left $2 on the counter on his way out the door, unaware that the price only applied if he bought two. Rather than write off the difference—43 cents, including tax—to a misunderstanding, the clerk called the police, who tracked down Sobolewski and charged him for the theft.

Unfortunately, Sobolewski has two prior theft convictions, and under Pennsylvania's "three strikes" law, the act of paying for most of, but not an entire, beverage requires he be charged with a felony, and face a potential jail sentence of up........

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