Former Republican candidate for Alabama agriculture commissioner, Dale Peterson, created ads in the 2010 Republican primary featuring him holding a rifle and promising to go after thugs and criminals in Montgomery politics. The ads went viral on YouTube, but Peterson finished third, however they did make him a popular speaker at Republican events and an adviser to Herman Cain in his presidential bid last year. Peterson also said in his ad that the position he’s running for is responsible for over $5 billion. But, hes now charged with shoplifting $40 worth of merchandise.
After venturing to a Wal-Mart, then using the bathroom, Peterson was stopped by employees taking a shopping cart of beer and paper towels past the store’s cash registers without paying for the items.
The AP reports that Peterson is blaming thugs and criminals for spreading word about his arrest to keep him from making another campaign in 2014.
Peterson’s charge is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
The AP reports:
Peterson was arrested Oct. 15 on a charge of third-degree theft of property. A Hoover police spokesman said employees at a Wal-Mart stopped him after he pushed a shopping cart of beer and paper towels past the cash registers without paying for the contents. The case is pending in municipal court.
Peterson, 67, said he and his wife, Kathy, had friends coming over to watch a football game, and he went to pick up supplies. He said he got ready to check out with less than $40 worth of merchandise, but he had to go to the restroom badly. “I had to go when I went in the store,” he said.Peterson said he rolled his shopping cart past the cash registers, parked it outside the restroom, and got stopped by store security when he emerged from the restroom. He said he never left the store, and he didn’t know it was considered shoplifting “once you pass the cash registers.”
It’s possible that this is all in error but that doesn’t make any less hilarious.
H/T: @ComgenKDT who is
probably a spy, however, he is not a shoplifter.