Let's take a break from all the Bo Ryan sturm and drang, shall we? Here's a story from the lighter side of life, one in which Erving Walker ended up paying $301 for a taco-truck taco.
How did this happen? On March 30, Walker was named in an arrest report, charged with petit theft and resisting an officer without violence at 1 a.m. ET on Main Street in Gainesville, Fla. According to an arrest report, Walker ordered and received a $3 taco from a food truck, but left the scene without paying for it. Police chased Walker and told him to stop, but Walker kept running. A few blocks later, police caught up to him. Walker said he was "just playing around," which ... OK then.
In any case, Walker had his court date Thursday morning. He plead no contest to the petit theft charges -- the state dropped the resisting charge -- and Walker's only fine was his $301 in court fees.
"It was just a silly mistake," Walker said after his court appearance. "I apologize to everybody. I'm embarrassed about it. That's not me. I'm just trying to put it behind me and move on."
That's a mighty steep taco, but as The Daily's Dan Wolken tweeted, we all go through times when $301 for a taco would feel like fair market price. I love tacos.
All's well that ends well, I suppose. But let this be a lesson, kids: Never flee the scene with your taco. (Or something like that. There's got to be a lesson in here somewhere.)