Dude Convicted Of Stealing Bottle Of Ketchup From Cafeteria

May 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Weird Stuff

“A former school board trustee from Southern California has been sentenced to two years of informal probation for stealing a bottle of ketchup from a college dining area.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Jacki Brown on Tuesday also ordered Steve Rocco to pay about $200 in fines and stay 100 yards away from the college.
Rocco was convicted by a jury last month of misdemeanor petty theft for stealing a 14-ounce bottle of ketchup from a Chapman University dining area.”

The Associated Press

Wall Street types routinely get away with stealing millions, but this poor guy gets two years probation for pilfering a bottle of ketchup from a college dining area.

I don’t condone taking what’s not yours, but this case should have never gone to trial. An arrangement could have been worked out between the college and Rocco, sparing him from embarrassment and the public from the expense of a jury trial.

A smart lawyer would have argued that the ketchup is their for the use of customers, and that Rocco loves ketchup so much that he needed the whole bottle.

I sometimes grab a handful of packets of ketchup when I eat at a fast food joint, I hope I’m not arrested for theft.