POLK COUNTY, Florida – A video of a Florida man locked inside a convenience store by a cashier after stealing a Pepsi has gone viral on social media.
“49-year-old Gabriel from Mulberry wanted a Pepsi. When you see the video, you will see just how badly he wanted that Pepsi,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd commented.
“Gabriel walked into the Citgo convenience store at 4075 Hwy 60 in Mulberry on Thursday, December 12th and picked up a refreshing bottle of Pepsi Cola…then tried to walk right back out without paying for said Pepsi.”
The store cashier saw what Gabriel was doing and quickly pushed the lock button on the door, effectively preventing the Florida man from absconding with the Pepsi.
“Gabriel huffed, and he puffed, but he could not blow the door down,” Sheriff Judd added. “So Gabriel picked up a fire extinguisher and slammed it against the glass door. Oddly, the glass did not break, but the fire extinguisher did.”
“Not wanting anything else to be damaged, the cashier unlocked the door and Gabriel walked away, making sure to take his stolen Pepsi with him.”
A Polk County Sheriff’s deputy spotted Gabriel about two blocks away from the store with the Pepsi.
Gabriel was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail.
The report did not say if the Florida man was allowed to finish his Pepsi.