Once she popped the lid on her chips, the fun stopped for this woman.
An Irish woman was sentenced to two months in prison after she opened a can of Pringles without paying.
Kathleen McDonagh, 25, opened a can of Pringles in a Tesco store — where she had been banned — in Cork, Ireland without paying for them, BBC reported.
McDonagh received a four-month prison sentence with two months suspended for criminal damage done to the can of Pringles — which costs less than $2 — almost two years ago on December 27, 2016.
Staff recognized McDonagh, who had the chips and was headed toward the self checkout. She was asked to leave the store by security, and responded by popping the lid off a can of Pringles and breaking the seal.
“I opened it so you have to leave me pay for it,” McDonagh said, according to an inspector.
McDonagh said in court she opened the chips so security would be forced to let her pay for them.
The officer told Judge Brian O’Shea the can of Pringles was “not fit for resale” and cited a €1.50 loss.
“She had no permission to be in the store,” the officer said.
McDonagh has a history of criminal damage, including 14 previous theft charges, as reported by the Irish Examiner. Two of McDonagh’s prior offenses were for criminal damage, but the past sentences did not seem to affect her, O’Shea said.
He cited her actions as “smart Alec behavior.”
Her legal team noted she was recently married and several months pregnant, and entered a guilty plea asking for leniency.