Shopping at Wal Mart can be stressful, and sometimes you just want to take the edge off. That’s what 42 year old Florida Man James John Perez with a bottle of vodka did last Friday at a Walmart in Sebastian Florida. Sebastian is on the East Coast, just north of Port St. Lucie – I had to look it up.

So last Friday around 2pm, James grabbed a bottle of McCormick Vodka from the liquor store section of the Walmart, along with some roadies – a 6 pack of Smirnoff Ice in the cans. According to the Sebastian Daily “A Walmart employee working the sales floor observed Perez consuming the vodka beverages and placing the empty containers on the shelf. He then walked around the men’s department, put a couple of pairs of socks in his pocket, and discarded the packaging. Perez then put on a pair of pants and tossed the sales tags on the floor.”

When officers arrived on scene James was still roaming the store drinking from a can of Smirnoff Ice. They found on Florida Man –  three pairs of socks, a half empty bottle of McCormick Vodka, scissors, a pocket knife, and a few other things. He was wearing the pants he stole and had used the scissors to cut off the tags. Grand total? $61.91.


  • Why did this go on so long?

    Most corporates policy is to not confront shoplifters and call authorities and let law enforcement deal with it.

  • But, why?

    When arrested, James John Perez was identified as being from Los Angeles, California. So I typed into Google “How much can you steal in California without going to jail?” and got this reply:

    Because state law holds that stealing merchandise worth $950 or less is just a misdemeanor, which means that law enforcement probably won’t bother to investigate, and if they do, prosecutors will let it go.
  • So - it's cool?

    Unfortunately this isn’t California. This is Florida. Stealing is still against the law here.

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