Corpus Man Steals Beer Twice, Gets Beaten Up, All in One Evening

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For most people, a single day in which you were beaten badly enough by a group of men at a bus station to require a hospital visit and were caught (allegedly) swiping beer not once but twice would qualify as rock bottom.

For the unidentified 27-year-old man at the heart of this story, we get the feeling he would just call it "Thursday evening."

Police in Corpus Christi got a complaint from a convenience store clerk about a guy coming in and walking out with a quantity of cold beer for which he did not pay. The clerk told the cops that the guy had done it twice before, and also told them that the man fled toward a nearby bus station.

During the course of their investigation, the cops' radios crackled with a report of a fracas at that very same bus station -- apparently the alleged beer thief had gotten into a drunken brawl with some fellow passengers.

The cops headed over to the bus depot and found their reportedly intoxicated suspect with a bloody nose. He was taken to Christus Spohn Hospital for treatment.

Evidently, our guy felt the treatment on offer there was subpar, because he allegedly decided that self-medication with sweet, sweet beer was a much superior pathway to a cure. But of course there was the little matter of expense. While cheaper than emergency-room fees, beer cures still cost money. No matter. Police say that the man simply left the hospital, toddled over to a nearby Walgreens and attempted to walk right out the door with an 18-pack of brew under each arm.

This time he was foiled by cops and not an angry mob. Police seized the beer and returned it to the store and cited the man for misdemeanor theft and public intoxication.

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