Grapevine: Soda refill fallout for South Carolina man

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

In the Hot Seat

As Howard Kurtz just reported, Russian President Vladimir Putin answered questions during a four hour call-in show today.

One of those questions came from a six-year-old girl, who wanted to know if Putin thought President Obama would save him if he were drowning.

Quote -- "I don't want to be drowning...I don't think I have a close personal relationship with Obama. I think Obama is a courageous and good person. For sure he would save me."

Obviously, such a hypothetical is highly unlikely, especially considering the two world leaders declined to work out together at last year's G-8 summit.

You may recall both wanted to use the gym alone.

Putin ultimately acquiesced and went for a swim in a nearby lake.

Charges Dropped

Charges will be dropped against a special needs student convicted of disorderly conduct for recording his classmates bullying him.

Last week, we told you about Christian Stanfield.

His mother played the recording for school officials -- they said he was guilty of felony wiretapping.

In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to record someone without their consent.

Those charges were reduced, and now, the district attorney says all charges will be dropped.

The bullies, by the way, were reportedly never disciplined.

No Means No

And finally, eateries with no free soda refills policies really mean business.

That's a lesson a South Carolina man learned the hard way yesterday, when he was slapped with federal charges.

Christopher Lewis was in the cafeteria of the Veteran Affairs hospital and re-filled his 89 cent fountain drink.

There was a sign -- no re-fills allowed.

He got a ticket for shoplifting, which comes with a $525 fine.

The hospital called it a theft of government property.

Lewis says he didn't notice the sign.

Late this afternoon, hospital officials changed their minds determining a warning would be sufficient in this case.