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Man who underpaid for a soda no longer facing felony charge

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A man who was arrested for walking out of a gas station with a soda that he underpaid for will no longer have to serve jail time.

According to the report, Joseph Sobolewski of Pennsylvania attempted to purchase a Mountain Dew at an Exxon Mobile gas station in August. He was said to have placed $2 on the counter and walked out of the store with the drink. The gas station clerk then contacted police.

Officials were eventually able to catch up with Sobolewski and took him into custody. During a police interview Sobolewski told authorities that be believed the drink was $1.50, however, it was actually $2.43.

Sobolewski was taken into custody and charged with a felony.

According to the report, because this was not Sobolewski first theft related charge, the charge was upgraded to a felony under a state law that makes the third and subsequent offenses third-degree felonies.

Sobolewski faced seven years behind bars and his bond was set at $50,000. In addition to that, Sobolewski was ordered to stay out of all retail establishments as a condition of his bond.

After several people heard about the incident and began advocating for Sobolewski’s defense, Sobolewski eventually received a letter from his attorney stating that he will no longer be facing the seven years in jail.

Despite the lessening of his sentence however, Sobolewski’s bond still remains at $50,000. It is also unclear if he is still required to stay out of retail locations.