Monday, May 26, 2008

Do you barter?

More stupidity.

Oh yeah, and alcohol was involved.

I'm not surprised.

A man in Masterton, New Zealand, who offered to pay with marijuana he did not have enough money for a snack was busted by a police officer who overheard his unusual proposal, according to a May 20 report.

The man, identified as 28-year-old Wade Churchward, went to a service station on March 22 in Wellington, the capital, where he picked up two packets of M&Ms and some potato chips, the Dominion Post, a newspaper there, reported.

Churchward, who had been drinking, began snacking on them while standing in line at the cash register.

But when he reached the cashier, it dawned on him that he did not have enough money, and instead offered a container with 0.042 ounces of weed and a pipe for smoking the stuff.
Churchward failed to notice a patrol car parked outside and a police officer standing behind him in line — who, needless to say, promptly arrested him.

He pleaded guilty May 19 in Masterton District Court to possessing marijuana and to several unrelated charges, the newspaper reported.

Churchward was released on bail and will be sentenced on July 3. Marijuana possession is usually punished by a minor fine in New Zealand.