Police and prosecutors in Portage, Indiana appear to have a rather draconian version of a criminal code where every minor offense begins with a felony and goes up from there. We previously saw how a Walmart cleaning lady was charged with a felony for eating Oreo cookies at a story. Now, the Portage police and prosecutors are seeking a felony conviction against this couple for sneaking into a zombie movie and not paying the $6.75 ticket price.
Lendsey Harbin, 49, and Delilha Harbin, 40, had just watched the movie “Snitch” when they left theater #13 and entered theater #15 to watch “Warm Bodies.” The move was caught by two off-duty Portage police officers who said that Harbin stood out in his “very colorful clothing, white vest, white dress pants, and a bright red shirt.” The officers found them in the theater and waited for previews to end and for the movie to start. They then arrested the couple.
The police said that the couple confessed to having snuck into movies before — showing that their legal judgment is just about as bad as their cinematic judgment. They reportedly said that they were at a funeral all day and were not “thinking correctly.” Nothing like a zombie movie after a funeral.
Once again, I fail to understand how a $13 theft becomes a felony as more than a couple bags of Oreos becomes a felony in Portage, Indiana. I shudder to think what folks get for car theft in the city.
Source: Huff Post