Re­fill mix-up be­comes a federal case

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

Call it the case of the su­per­sized fine. A man who faced a $525 fine for an 89-cent drink re­fill at a Vet­er­ans Af­fairs hospi­tal ap­par­ently will get off with just a warn­ing, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press.

When Christo­pher Lewis of North Charleston, S.C., re­filled his drink with­out pay­ing re­cently, a federal po­lice of­fi­cer gave him a ticket. Lewis, a con­struc­tion worker who was work­ing at the Charleston hospi­tal, said he never no­ticed the signs and has re­filled his drink be­fore with­out pay­ing.

“Ev­ery time I look at the ticket, it’s un­be­liev­able to me,” Lewis told lo­cal TV sta­tion WCSC. Out­liers

notes that the $525 fine is enough to buy more than 580 so­das.

VA spokes­woman Tonya Lobbestael said af­ter re­view­ing what hap­pened at the Ralph C. John­son Cen­ter, of­fi­cials de­cided a warn­ing was suf­fi­cient.

Lobbestael said the cen­ter’s cafe­te­ria has signs posted on its drink ma­chines in­di­cat­ing the cost of re­fills. Fail­ing to pay for re­fills is con­sid­ered shoplift­ing.

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