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VA hospital backs down after slapping man with $525 fine over soda refill

A South Carolina construction worker has been banned from his work site and is on the hook to pay a $525 federal fine after he refilled his 89-cent drink without ponying up at a Veterans Affairs hospital.Christopher T. Lewis, of North Charleston, was issued the $525 citation on Wednesday after he ignored signage indicating that there’s no such thing as a free lunch — or complimentary drink refills — at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston. Lewis, who is not a federal employee, told responding officers he had done the same thing “multiple times” before and never had any problems, hospital spokeswoman Tonya Lobbestael told FoxNews.com.“Shoplifting is against the law and the signage is very clearly posted on the drink machine,” Lobbestael said. “The same citation could be issued to anyone who is shoplifting.”Lewis, who could not be reached for comment by FoxNews.com, was “verbally aggressive” when confronted by VA officials and police regarding the soda, Lobbestael said. S...

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