A woman charged in a $2.87 theft is making headline news this week. On Oct. 17, ABC News reported that the woman stole the money from a courthouse fountain in Ohio and said that she needed it to buy food -- because she didn't have a job nor enough money to eat. She found herself in court facing charges on Wednesday.
"The woman says she worries she'll end up in jail for taking money that she says didn't belong to anyone. She says she has no job, is on the verge of losing her apartment and was trying to feed herself and her four cats," ABC News reports.
The woman charged in the $2.87 theft was confronted by a police officer while she was around the fountain. The officer asked what she was doing and says that he found change in her pocket -- evidence that she had been scooping coins out of the public fountain. Of course, it's not uncommon for people to throw money in fountains and make wishes -- and it's probably not uncommon for people to try and take money out of fountains... but this woman got caught.
The city's safety director is hoping that officials will be able to resolve this issue before the woman heads to court next month.
A woman charged in a $2.87 theft seems a little overreached, doesn't it? What do you think the woman's "punishment" should be?
© Effie Orfanides 2013