We’ve all gotten annoyed with vending machines before. You punch in the right code, but it shoots out the wrong bag of chips. Or it’s sold out of your favorite drink you’ve been craving. And this one is the worst…when it takes your money and gives you NOTHING back. You look over your shoulder to make sure no one is watching, and kick the machine. That doesn’t work, so then you try shaking it. That $1.25 (or less) will not be thrown away! Well, Debra Johnson decided to take matters into her own hands after a 7-Up machine didn’t dispense her soda. And she had a little help from a lit match and a newspaper. Is it really that serious? WTH?!
Just last weekend, at a Piggly Wiggly store in New Burn, NC, Debra Johnson put some change into a 7-Up vending machine, hoping to get the drink of her choice. But the machine when wrong when it didn’t give her the product she asked for. She decided to get even by stuffing a lit newspaper in the machine….and grabbing a drink from a different machine before she left. 42 year old Johnson was arrested, with basically no resistance. Plus, she’s not even looking for legal representation. She told KLTV-TV “I’ll represent myself, ’cause I’m guilty. I don’t need a lawyer to lie for me, cause I’mma tell you I done it.” And how exactly did she get caught? It was all on video tape (check it out below).
First of all Debra, why are you burning up vending machines at 42 years old? Seems like you would be established enough in life at this point to afford a soda. This is something a crazy teenager would do. But then again, this is crazy for anyone to do, no matter what age you are. What will her punishment be…dare I say it, “if” she’s found guilty? Not that it matters, but I’m also curious to find out if she paid for the drink from the other vending machine. Guess that one didn’t set her off and gave her the drink she paid for, lol. It’s really a shame to go to jail behind a 7-Up soda that costs less than $2.00
What do you think about it all? Were her actions justified to any extent?