ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- Yes, that's a real headline, and this actually happened.
On Saturday, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office held its annual Operation Safe Surrender. PCSO partners with the courts to allow people with outstanding non-violent misdemeanor warrants to safely turn themselves in and have their warrants reviewed.
That helps potentially resolve the case instead of there being an arrest.
But, listen to this. There was a moment in court that stopped the judge in his tracks. A woman pleading guilty for stealing a cart of merchandise from Walmart shared her interesting plan to turn her life around.
Here's how the conversation went:
Judge: “Do you work?”
Defendant: “I’m looking for [work], I have an interview. I’m waiting for Walmart to call me back at Pinellas Park. I have an interview with them.”
Judge: “I’m on candid camera aren’t I?”
“How do you think it’s gonna go when the background shows that you tried to take a cart full of stuff from -- well -- Walmart?”
“A lot of times, that’d be a disqualifier. What do I know? There, I’m over it.”
That prompted some laughs from the judge, staff members and even the bailiffs.
But, all jokes aside, the court collected $1,113 in fees and fines. No arrests were made during the event.