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Man Refuses to Pay 22-Cent Soda Tax, Pulls Out Machine Gun in Response

There’s “getting mad over taxes,” and then there’s “shooting people over taxes”: a Chicago man was arrested yesterday for puling out a submachine gun after learning that he had to pay a 22-cent tax for his Diet Pepsi.

While 22 cents on a $1.79 bottle of soda is kind of high, Nahshon X. Shelton wasn’t happy at all about it. Court records allege that Shelton got mad at the store clerk, saying that since he was a resident of that neighborhood, he was “tax-exempt.”

He then left, but soon returned, and he was not happy. From the Chicago Tribune:

Shelton returned to the store around 1:45 p. m. carrying a Gucci satchel, from which he pulled out a loaded gun, according to Savaglio and court records. He began waving the gun around “while yelling that he was going to shoot and kill everyone in the store,” according to court records.

“I’m going to shoot you in the head three times!” he said, according to court records.

Police say the gun, a Intratec .22-caliber submachine gun, was loaded at the time of Shelton’s arrest.

Maybe he should have gone with Coke.

[Chicago Tribune]
[Image via Cook County Police]

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