Now Steve’s going…
Steve Eaton’s story starts with with an item we all know and use:
First introduced in 1937, shopping carts have been around a long time.
And in Steve’s situation, a lot of shopping carts have been around.
In his own collection, that is.
It seems that Steve was an avid shopping cart collector, his sources including:
From Walmart: Five.
From Kroger: Three.
From Dollar Tree: Two.
He was what you might call an equal opportunity collector.
And discerning, as well.
We’re not talking those plain-old-push-it-yourself carts – Steve was a true aficionado.
He collected only motorized shopping carts.
Kentuckysportsradio.com displayed this tasteful montage of Steve and two motorized carts, though I was unable to ascertain if these were part of his collection:
Recently the Laurel County, KY sheriff’s office was dispatched to an apartment complex after receiving reports that a man – allegedly intoxicated – was riding a motorized shopping cart around the complex’s parking lot.
When deputies arrived they found Steve – he’d selected a Walmart cart for this excursion – and determined he was under the influence. They also found the other nine carts that Steve had…um…collected.
Steve was charged with theft – and since motorized carts run (no pun intended) around $2,000 to $3,000 – the state of Kentucky may consider this a Class C felony theft.
And that could mean Steve may be saying “Bye Bye” for five to 10 years.
He was also charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place, and on a warrant for failure to appear in court on previous charges of alcohol intoxication in a public place.
Our Steve has shown the same thoroughness in his cart collecting as in his crime committing in recent years; he’d previously been found guilty of:
- Public intoxication.
- Criminal trespassing.
- Resisting arrest.
- Criminal mischief.
- Terroristic threatening.
- Fourth-degree assault.
- Possession of a controlled substance.
- Disorderly conduct.
- Contempt of court.
To round out his record, back in 2017 Steve was accused of “cussing people out” in front of a Speedway gas station, which led to an alcohol intoxication charge, of which he was also found guilty.
Thanks to Steve, I now know that “cussing people out” in front of a Speedway gas station in Kentucky is a crime!
It might not get me five to ten, but when I’m in Kentucky I’d best be careful or…