Teen arrested for stealing soda from McDonald's

Posted at 1:36 PM, Apr 20, 2016

An Arkansas teenager was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony robbery after filing his water cup with soda at an Arkansas McDonald’s.

According KHBS/KHOG in Fayetteville, Arkansas, 18-year-old Cody Morris and two friends ordered three large waters at a Springdale McDonald’s. They then parked their car, dumped the water out of their cups and filled the cups with soda in the restaurant.

The manager of the restaurant asked the customers to return the sodas. Two of the customers gave up their drinks, Morris did not.

After Morris left the restaurant, the McDonad’s manager stood behind their car to prevent them from leaving. After striking him with the car once, the manager attempted to grab the keys from the ignition. Morris hit the manager on the hand, and then struck him with his car again.

Morris was arrested at a nearby bowling alley a short time later. He’s scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

This isn't the first time a McDonald's customer has been arrested for trying to swipe some soda. In 2012, Time reported that a Florida man was arrested and charged with a felony for repeatedly stealing soda from a McDonald's. The same man was arrested a few months later after pulling the same trick at a Pizza Hut.

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.