Thursday, April 20, 2006

We'll never find out if the food was good....

Man pleads guilty after swiping Chinese food
Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A little lo mein brought a bad fortune to Walter Eliassaint.

The Royal Palm Beach man ended up in jail for swiping some Chinese food meant for his neighbor and had faced 11 years in prison before pleading guilty Wednesday to a lesser charge and receiving a $333 fine.

The China King deliveryman went to the wrong door in January, and Eliassaint, 25, was hungry. He took the bag of food and signed the $27.33 credit card receipt, but was arrested before he could crack open his fortune cookie.

The food was meant for his neighbor, the girlfriend of a former police officer, who was with her and also hungry.

"Was it good?" County Judge Paul Moyle asked Eliassaint at the plea hearing Wednesday.

"I didn't eat it," Eliassaint replied. "I was in jail the same night."