Florida Man Arrested For Returning Used Enemas For Refunds

This is not a case that you want to take before a jury. Ronald Eugene Robinson, 35, in Jacksonville, Florida is accused of using enemas and then returning the “pre-packaged CVS Pharmacy Ready-to-Use enemas” to the shelves of a CVS pharmacy. What is most interesting about this case (ok one of the most interesting things) is that this is a federal case since the incident is being treated as product tampering.

It seems likely that he was after the refund since people who engage in criminal tampering often try to return products without being detected. In this case, pharmacy worker, Dustin McDonald, told police that Robinson told him that he bought the enema for his mother who no longer needed them. Suspicious, he decided “check the box of enemas” and “observed that all the enemas were used.” He found that someone had “re-glued the bottom of the box so that it appeared that it had not been opened.” However, the indictment says that other enemas were subsequently sold to unsuspecting customers, who have been notified by letter. Now that would be quite a letter to receive.

Robinson is charged with acting with “reckless disregard” and placed others “in danger of death or bodily injury.” He could received a maximum of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. That may seem a bit unlikely for a refund fraud (with risk to others) but Robinson also has a lengthy rap sheet including arrests for burglary, battery, passing bad checks, damage to property, and criminal mischief.

My main interest is the liability for CVS. If anyone used these products, it would seem a remarkably strong case for negligent infliction of emotional distress as well as straight negligence. In addition, if a jury determines that the tampering should have been detected with simple inspection, there could be a demand for punitive damages.

On the criminal side, how long do you think Robinson should get for such an alleged crime?

Source: WPTV

34 thoughts on “Florida Man Arrested For Returning Used Enemas For Refunds

  1. I think that given this crooks record, he needs more re-education at a state institution again. I think ten years is about right for this kind of really dangerous tampering.

  2. Dredd,

    Thanks for analmosity. It is the enerigizer I need right now. But you poor people have it worse in general than I do. No ads to endure, if I am content with the Swedish PBS here.

  3. I just read 18 USC Sec. 1685(a). I can see how easy it would be to get an idictment, but this statute seems much more aimed at someone maliciously trying to harm the public, as opposed to some a-hole trying to get a refund. The US Attorney in Jacksonville must have a lot of extra money and a lot of idle attorneys to charge this crap. Pun…intended.

  4. His mother did it. She put them back in the boxes and glued them. “Here, sonny boy take these back and get a refund.”
    What does he know? Just one of many trips around the shopping circuit.

    They should demand some dna butt testing to see who the true rear ender was in this collision. He was telling the truth. He bought them for his mom who no longer needed them. No receipt? Maybe he found the collection in the dumpster behind the veternary clinic.

  5. In the Pacific islands region, the native inhabitants use fresh finely ground fronds of the C. nucifera or coconut palm to relieve constipation and other lower digestive tract distress. The fronds are ground in a mortar and pestle, and then inserted into the proper orifice and within a few minutes the user experiences relief. Linguists cite the use of these fronds as the origin of a common aphorism: “With fronds like this, who needs enemas”?

  6. However, the indictment says that other enemas were subsequently sold to unsuspecting customers, who have been notified by letter. Now that would be quite a letter to receive.
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    How does he know they were notified by letter. They should have known it in the first place.
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    Robinson is charged with acting with “reckless disregard” and placed others “in danger of death or bodily injury.” He could received a maximum of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. That may seem a bit unlikely for a refund fraud (with risk to others) but Robinson also has a lengthy rap sheet including arrests for burglary, battery, passing bad checks, damage
    to property, and criminal mischief.
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    Sounds like reckless disregard and criminal mischief. No refund.

  7. “Robinson also has a lengthy rap sheet including arrests for burglary, battery, passing bad checks, damage to property, and criminal mischief.”

    Oh! And here I thought he was just constipated!

  8. Matt J, you ask who was constipated. I dunno, but Robinson was the one who purchased disposable enemas, used them, and then returned them. So I was guessing HE was. 😕

  9. Duct tape his hands together in front of him, then jam a garden hose up his butt and turn it on till he explodes…………

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