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Pop Rage

When Nahshon Shelton, 36, stopped at a Chicago, Ill., store for a bottle of soda, he was ready to pay the price — $1.79. But when the clerk rang it up, Shelton wasn’t ready for the sales tax — 22 cents. Shelton reached into his Gucci bag and allegedly pulled out a pistol. “I’m going to shoot you in the head three times!” Shelton screamed, according to witnesses. “I’m going to smoke your ass!” When police arrived, Shelton explained that the area “is my neighborhood, I’m tax exempt!” The cops didn’t buy that: Shelton was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and having an invalid Firearms Owner I.D. card. He was jailed without bail, and his loaded .22 caliber pistol was confiscated. (RC/Chicago Sun-Times) ...Thought he was: tax exempt. Is really: taxpayers’ burden.
Original Publication Date: 11 May 2014
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 20.

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