Shoplifter Grabs Beer, Cheese & Wings, Attacks Employees at Piggly Wiggly

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A career shoplifter was arrested late Wednesday afternoon after she punched and pepper-sprayed employees at an Eastside supermarket when they caught her trying to steal groceries, Athens-Clarke police said.

A customer alerted a store employee about 5:15 p.m. that she saw 26-year-old Lonneshia Shafaye Appling concealing items in a canvas bag in her shopping cart at Piggly Wiggly, 4025 Lexington Road, police said.

When employees tried to stop Appling from leaving the store, she punched one of them in the face and pepper-sprayed the other before running out the back of the store, according to police.

An officer who happened to be in the area was quickly on the scene, and he choked upon entering the store because there air was so heavy with pepper spray, according to police. There was so much residual pepper spray that firefighters later had to ventilate the store with fans.

Employees described the shoplifter as a large black woman in a purple dress, and when the officer heard a woman screaming outside the rear of the store, he found Appling yelling at two employees who had chased her, police said. Several cans of Coors Light beer were scattered on the ground nearby, police said, and employees told the officer they were among the items Appling tried to steal.

Appling, who weighs at least 300 pounds, ignored several commands by the officer to place her hands behind her back so she could be handcuffed, but a backup officer helped to place her into custody, police said.

Appling, of 115 Sena Drive, was charged with felony theft by shoplifting not because of the value of the items she tried to steal — $88.27 — but because she had more than three previous shoplifting convictions, police said.

In addition to the beer, she tried to steal vegetable oil, five packs of cheese, five packs of bacon and two packs of chicken wings, police said.

In addition to shoplifting, Appling was also charged with aggravated assault, simple battery, disorderly conduct and obstruction of a law enforcement officer, police said.

At the time, she was wanted for a felony probation violation because of a shoplifting arrest in Madison County in January, according to Clarke County Superior Court records. Authorities in Oconee and Fulton counties also had warrants for her arrest, police said.

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Angered By “Messed Up” McDonald’s Cheeseburgers, Tennessee Duo Returns To Vandalize Eatery

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Incensed about the “messed up” cheeseburgers they purchased at a McDonald’s drive-thru window, two Tennessee men allegedly returned to the fast food joint and vandalized it, cops report. The peeved patrons were apparently set off by the paucity of onions on their cheeseburgers.

According to a Murfreesboro Police Department report, Christopher Slate, 21, and Sean Mosey, 23 were collared in connection with Sunday’s early-morning attack on the McDonald’s. Each man was charged with felony reckless endangerment and vandalism.

In an interview with cops, Slate said that the duo was “upset with McDonald’s because their cheeseburgers had been messed up.” He then “advised that they went home and continued to drink beer and get worked up about the cheeseburgers.”

The men, Slate confessed, returned to McDonald’s and hurled a piece of concrete through the drive-thru window and tossed a brick through the eatery’s front window. An employee standing near the drive-thru window was struck by debris and suffered several lacerations on his left arm. The restaurant’s manager was struck in the leg by the concrete chunk.

Slate and Mosey were subsequently arrested when their getaway attempt was derailed after Mosey, running from the scene, tripped and fell. He landed in the street and was unable to get up. Mosey is also facing a public intoxication charge.

The alleged cheeseburger avengers, both free on bond, are due to appear July 11 in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.