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Unemployed Ohio woman charged for taking $2.87 from fountain to buy food
New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, October 17, 2013 | Joe Kemp

Posted on 10/17/2013 9:54:33 AM PDT by Deadeye Division

Deidre Romine said she’s unemployed and about to lose her apartment. She said she took the change from the fountain to buy food.

She only wished to buy a meal.

An Ohio woman was collared for petty theft after she was caught swiping $2.87 in change from a fountain last week.

Deidre Romine said she had just fished the coins out of the Logan County Courthouse fountain in Bellefontaine to buy food when a cop approached her on Oct. 7.

“The cop asked me what I was doing and I was afraid to tell him,” Romine told WBNS-10TV. “The money didn’t belong to anybody, so I just took it out of there.”

After the officer found the stolen change in her pocket, he issued her a summons to appear in court on a petty theft charge.

The unemployed woman said she’s been struggling to make ends meet and about to lose her apartment and now she’s worried that she’ll get locked up.

“I’m trying to feed myself and I’ve got four cats I’m raising and trying to feed them,” she said. “I might go to jail.”

But one man launched an online donation drive to help Romine fight her case.

“We want the community to know the why rather than just the headline that she got arrested, and we also want to help her out,” said the supporter, Will Zell.

Several people have already contributed to the online fund, which has raised nearly $2,000 — ten times the initial goal — by Thursday.

Zell said the money will go directly to Romine’s case manager.

jkemp@nydailynews.com


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1 posted on 10/17/2013 9:54:33 AM PDT by Deadeye Division
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To: Deadeye Division

How is using the money people have tossed away considered stealing?


2 posted on 10/17/2013 9:57:14 AM PDT by Baynative (Give me coffee to change the things I can and wine to accept those that I can't.)
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To: Deadeye Division
On the positive side, people put that money in the fountain willingly. It was not taken from them by a tyrannic government.
3 posted on 10/17/2013 9:59:06 AM PDT by ryan71 (The Partisans)
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To: Deadeye Division

It’s an interesting commentary on society today that the papaer just assumes we know that she has a case manager.


4 posted on 10/17/2013 9:59:53 AM PDT by edwinland
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She should take the money donated for her legal fund, go to a garden center and buy her own little fountain. I'd be glad to toss some coins in hers instead of the one the city runs [apparently] for profit.
5 posted on 10/17/2013 10:00:51 AM PDT by Baynative (Give me coffee to change the things I can and wine to accept those that I can't.)
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To: Baynative

“How is using the money people have tossed away considered stealing?”

All your money belong to the government.


6 posted on 10/17/2013 10:01:39 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: Baynative
How is using the money people have tossed away considered stealing?

"All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state."
-- Benito Mussolini

The government thinks all the money belongs to them, and therefore she stole it.

7 posted on 10/17/2013 10:02:27 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: TexasGator

Never understood why people throw money into fountains....Ok, I get throwing them into the Trevi Fountain in Rome, but other than that...


8 posted on 10/17/2013 10:03:09 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Baynative

Was wondering the same thing. What’s the difference between loose change in a fountain, on the ground, a parking lot, etc?


9 posted on 10/17/2013 10:03:12 AM PDT by Zack Attack
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To: Deadeye Division
the "four cats" caught my eye....

well, you know, those coins people throw in are basically coins they are throwing away.....we all figure some kids will fish them out eventually,don't we?...

cops need to go after the criminal, not the stupid or the petty...

10 posted on 10/17/2013 10:03:58 AM PDT by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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To: Deadeye Division

In the old days the cop would have given her a couple of bucks instead of a summons.


11 posted on 10/17/2013 10:06:05 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the Libs say we are.)
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To: Baynative

Which one will the Government Bless?


12 posted on 10/17/2013 10:06:58 AM PDT by golux
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To: Deadeye Division

Wonder wht the COP didn’t just make her toss the coins back. ///////he could have given her a 5er out of his pocket so she could eat.


13 posted on 10/17/2013 10:07:30 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: TangoLimaSierra

Luckily she didn’t have a dog.


14 posted on 10/17/2013 10:08:11 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Deadeye Division

Perhaps that effort would have been better spent trying to get a job.


15 posted on 10/17/2013 10:09:21 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Deadeye Division

Don’t steal from the fountain faeries. They’ll sic the cops on you.


16 posted on 10/17/2013 10:09:27 AM PDT by marron
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To: Deadeye Division

Seriously, the cop should be fired. His salary is money wasted.


17 posted on 10/17/2013 10:10:23 AM PDT by marron
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To: TexasGator

Bellefontaine Mayor Gets WIC Assistance (DemocRAT)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2936453/posts


18 posted on 10/17/2013 10:10:25 AM PDT by Deadeye Division
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To: Baynative
"How is using the money people have tossed away considered stealing?"

If you look, many fountains now have signs that tell you the charity the money goes to, or that it becomes the property of the property owner to distribute charitably.

The fountain is technically private property, so whatever's in it belongs to the owner to distribute as he sees fit.

19 posted on 10/17/2013 10:11:24 AM PDT by cincinnati65
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To: Deadeye Division

Hope and Change...............just don’t get caught with the change............


20 posted on 10/17/2013 10:12:41 AM PDT by Red Badger (TANSTAAFL always wins. Always...........................)
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To: SandRat

He could have given her a donut.................


21 posted on 10/17/2013 10:14:12 AM PDT by Red Badger (TANSTAAFL always wins. Always...........................)
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To: AppyPappy

“The money could have been used for the poor”

“The poor you will always have with you.”


22 posted on 10/17/2013 10:14:40 AM PDT by madison10
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To: edwinland
just assumes we know that she has a case manager.

What is a case manager, a parole officer?

23 posted on 10/17/2013 10:14:46 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Ms. Muffett suffered from arachnophobia)
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To: Deadeye Division

Silly woman —she should instead have smuggled machine guns to narco kingpins. She would have gotten off scott-free.

Or perhaps she should have razed a US Embassy.

She was reckless.


24 posted on 10/17/2013 10:15:27 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: Baynative

How is using the money people have tossed away considered stealing?

I don’t think she should have been cited, and probably wouldn’t have if she told the officer the truth, well maybe. Usually the money in fountains is collected and sometimes goes to charity or fountain maintenance and sometimes just into the city coffers. So is it stealing? maybe, but around where I live they never hassle anyone for stealing from our recycle bins on the street and that is supposed to offset our fees.


25 posted on 10/17/2013 10:16:26 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: cherry
"the "four cats" caught my eye...."

26 posted on 10/17/2013 10:16:57 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: AppyPappy

“The money could have been used for the poor” —Judas

“The poor you will always have with you.” —Jesus

How do YOU know she hadn’t tried for a job and was rejected 100s of times?


27 posted on 10/17/2013 10:18:15 AM PDT by madison10
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To: Deadeye Division

She should have said she needs it for the ObamaCare healthscare exchange plan signup. Free pass indeed.


28 posted on 10/17/2013 10:20:42 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Deadeye Division
But if you run up a $700 bill at WalMart that you KNOW you're not entitled to, that's not stealing?

If you come into this country illegally and steal this woman's job, that's not stealing?

If you take multi-million dollar vacations at taxpayer expense, but pretend like there isn't enough money to let the veterans that saved the entire world from the NAZIs visit their own memorial, that's not stealing?!?!?!?

Something has changed since I was a kid....

29 posted on 10/17/2013 10:21:57 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: Deadeye Division

Silly girl, she should go to walmart with an EBT card.


30 posted on 10/17/2013 10:23:58 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: TexasGator
*“How is using the money people have tossed away considered stealing?”

All your money belong to the government.*

All your base are belong to us.

“Like, all private property is stealing man!”
~ Dirty smelly hippie advising any Democrat politician who was a teen or college student in the late 1960’s....

31 posted on 10/17/2013 10:24:57 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: cherry

*cops need to go after the criminal, not the stupid or the petty... *

Yet a dozen illegal invaders line up every day at Home Depot and the cops do nothing.

Occutards illegally camp and the cops do nothing.

A sitting POTUS commits dozens of impeachable offenses and no one in government does anything at all.


32 posted on 10/17/2013 10:27:40 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: Deadeye Division
If I were a judge I would summons this asshat officer to court.

What a gigantic waste of time and resourses.

Seems more and more like the police just assume everyone but them is a criminal.

A country that promotes killing of the unborn has lost its humanity so I really shouldn't be at all surprized.

33 posted on 10/17/2013 10:28:32 AM PDT by Newbomb Turk ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.")
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To: TangoLimaSierra

Indeed.


34 posted on 10/17/2013 10:30:41 AM PDT by Gator113 (Ted Cruz is settled law.)
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To: cincinnati65
The fountain is technically private property, so whatever's in it belongs to the owner to distribute as he sees fit.

The fountain is on public property. I'm willing to bet, nothing larger than a nickel ever makes it to the bank.

In fact I should demand an accounting of the fountains funds !

35 posted on 10/17/2013 10:30:47 AM PDT by Newbomb Turk ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.")
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To: TexasGator
"All your money belong to the government."

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'She didn't make that fountain'.....policeman not showing any compassion. He could have given her his pocket change or bought her a burger, etc.

He didn't have to be a jackass.

She sounds pretty destitute. If she has a case worker, she must be a pretty bad one. A good case worker would have worked with her to get the help she needed.

Provided there was a case worker, that would make another jackass.

36 posted on 10/17/2013 10:34:47 AM PDT by hummingbird (Don't be afraid of the big words.)
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To: Mastador1

This fountain hasn’t received this much notoriety since some miscreant put detergent in it years ago.


37 posted on 10/17/2013 10:36:27 AM PDT by Deadeye Division
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To: outofsalt

Go veggie!


38 posted on 10/17/2013 10:37:13 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: dfwgator
"Never understood why people throw money into fountains"

Kids get a kick throwing a penny in a fountain and making a wish.

I do, too!

39 posted on 10/17/2013 10:38:19 AM PDT by hummingbird (Don't be afraid of the big words.)
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To: Deadeye Division

http://www.gofundme.com/4t4mxg

For the kitties ! So she doesn’t have to find a homeless shelter that allows pets or provides for pets.


40 posted on 10/17/2013 10:39:07 AM PDT by erlayman
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To: driftdiver
Silly girl, she should go to walmart with an EBT card.

Or go into Mexico and then illegally cross the border.

41 posted on 10/17/2013 10:39:21 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: TangoLimaSierra
"In the old days the cop would have given her a couple of bucks instead of a summons."

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I miss those days...

42 posted on 10/17/2013 10:40:28 AM PDT by hummingbird (Don't be afraid of the big words.)
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To: Newbomb Turk

No doubt it all goes to some politico’s slush fund.


43 posted on 10/17/2013 10:40:55 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Deadeye Division

By all means, go after her, but the people who loaded 8-10 shopping carts when the EBTs were down, well, they get away with it.


44 posted on 10/17/2013 10:41:58 AM PDT by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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To: Deadeye Division

If she’s unemployed and about to be evicted, I suspect she’s eligible for $200 a month in food stamps. There may be other personal issues at work here.


45 posted on 10/17/2013 10:43:48 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: PATRIOT1876

Now, that’s a danged good post, right there.


46 posted on 10/17/2013 10:44:31 AM PDT by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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To: Deadeye Division

This fountain hasn’t received this much notoriety since some miscreant put detergent in it years ago.

Perhaps the police department will receive an equal amount of notoriety, embarrassing one would hope.


47 posted on 10/17/2013 10:47:29 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: cincinnati65
I remember when I was a kid, there was a big fountain in a park and in hot weather the younguns would play in the water with no government interference. When we heard the ice cream truck coming, we'd grab up some pennies and nickles and run for a fudgesicle.

I don't think anyone was ever arrested, but that was the 50s in an America we will never see again.

48 posted on 10/17/2013 10:50:00 AM PDT by Baynative (Give me coffee to change the things I can and wine to accept those that I can't.)
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To: Deadeye Division
This is ridiculous, unless there was a sign of some sort saying money in the fountain was being donated to some charity or whatever. If not, how is it different from picking up money found lying in the street?

One thing I do sometimes have to watch around here that's really annoying: There is a small percentage of people who will take tips meant for waitresses off the table. I always put out the tip a little early so the waitress knows it's there, or hand her the tip.

49 posted on 10/17/2013 10:51:02 AM PDT by grania
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To: cherry
'the "four cats" caught my eye....'

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They may be her only 'family'. I'd advise her not to get any more cats but these cats she has may be her link to comfort in a tough situation.

50 posted on 10/17/2013 10:51:04 AM PDT by hummingbird (Don't be afraid of the big words.)
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