The problem is that eating a $70 steak dinner you don’t want to pay for carries a theft charge. Normally, a theft that small would be a misdemeanor, but the meal-napper had enough of a criminal record that he was charged with a felony. Originally, he was charged with burglary because he walked into the restaurant planning not to pay. He could have received a prison sentence of up to sixteen years.
In addition to the prison sentence, he also had to make restitution to the restaurants and pay a $100 fine.
Man gets 3 years in prison after restaurant meal thefts [Journal Gazette and Times-Courier] via CBS Charlotte