Brickbat: Dog Gone


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Walnetta Reid and Tristan Ellis insisted they did not eat two hot dogs at an Iberia, Louisiana, convenience store without paying. They asked the officer who had been called about the incident to look at the security video, claiming it would show they were innocent. Instead, he released the women with a summons. They drove 400 miles from their homes in Texas for their court date, certain that someone would finally look at the video and throw out the charge. Instead, they found they were only there for a plea hearing. They pleaded not guilty, but when they could not pay $1,740 each for bond, the judge tossed them in jail, where they remained for five days until a local attorney heard about the case and put up the bond.