USA Today reports (occurred in 2007):
UNION CITY, Ga. – A McDonald’s employee spent a night in jail and is facing criminal charges because a police officer’s burger was too salty, so salty that he says it made him sick.
Kendra Bull was arrested Friday, charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct and freed on $1,000 bail.
The report goes on to state that the officer “got sick” after eating the burger. Which begs the question of why the officer didn’t simply put the burger down after the first bite and ask for a new one like most sane human beings would.
Instead of asking for his money back or demanding a new burger, the totalitarian decided to exercise his authoritay and throw the person who made the burger in a cage. Further, the pig actually sent the burger to the state crime lab for testing. I’m sure that cost the tax payers a nice chunk of wasted money.
In effect, tens of thousands of dollars of your money were just wasted over a salty burger.
Consider the costs of:
The police salary of the arresting, booking, and jailing officers required to make the arrest.
The court costs of the judge, clerks, and recorders and facility costs to deal with the case.
The cost of a public defender and prosecutor.
The cost of the state crime lab to analyse the burger.
The housing costs of the prisoner, meals, water use, toiletries, electrical costs, medical costs, etc..
AND the opportunity cost of lost tax revenue from the wages of Kendra herself.
All because some pig felt his burger was too salty. This case also highlights the use of “catch all” laws that can be used to justify virtually any arrest for any reason by the police.
Anything – ANYTHING – may get you arrested in Police State America today. You are not safe. You are in great danger. Get that into your heads right now.