Skip to comments.Unemployed Ohio woman charged for taking $2.87 from fountain to buy food
Posted on 10/17/2013 9:54:33 AM PDT by Deadeye Division
Deidre Romine said shes 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 didnt 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 shes been struggling to make ends meet and about to lose her apartment and now shes worried that shell get locked up.
Im trying to feed myself and Ive got four cats Im 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 Romines case manager.
How is using the money people have tossed away considered stealing?
It’s an interesting commentary on society today that the papaer just assumes we know that she has a case manager.
“How is using the money people have tossed away considered stealing?”
All your money belong to the government.
"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.
Never understood why people throw money into fountains....Ok, I get throwing them into the Trevi Fountain in Rome, but other than that...
Was wondering the same thing. What’s the difference between loose change in a fountain, on the ground, a parking lot, etc?
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...
In the old days the cop would have given her a couple of bucks instead of a summons.
Which one will the Government Bless?
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.
Luckily she didn’t have a dog.
Perhaps that effort would have been better spent trying to get a job.
Don’t steal from the fountain faeries. They’ll sic the cops on you.
Seriously, the cop should be fired. His salary is money wasted.
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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.
Hope and Change...............just don’t get caught with the change............
He could have given her a donut.................
“The money could have been used for the poor”
“The poor you will always have with you.”
What is a case manager, a parole officer?
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.
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.
“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?
She should have said she needs it for the ObamaCare healthscare exchange plan signup. Free pass indeed.
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....
Silly girl, she should go to walmart with an EBT card.
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....
*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.
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.
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 !
'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.
This fountain hasn’t received this much notoriety since some miscreant put detergent in it years ago.
Kids get a kick throwing a penny in a fountain and making a wish.
I do, too!
For the kitties ! So she doesn’t have to find a homeless shelter that allows pets or provides for pets.
Or go into Mexico and then illegally cross the border.
I miss those days...
No doubt it all goes to some politico’s slush fund.
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.
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.
Now, that’s a danged good post, right there.
This fountain hasnt 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.
I don't think anyone was ever arrested, but that was the 50s in an America we will never see again.
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.
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.