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Bilking blind cashier brings plea

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A teenager accused of giving a blind cashier a $5 bill and asking for change for a $20 was sentenced Wednesday to five years' probation and 100 hours of community service.

Dave Singleton, 17, was arrested in April on charges of theft by taking and exploiting the disabled after the incident at the Augusta Technical College cafeteria.

Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers said in court Wednesday that it wasn't until the cashier ran the bill through an electronic scanner that she realized she had been duped.

A campus police officer saw the act, confronted Singleton and called deputies.

In a condition of his guilty plea, Singleton is banished from the Augusta Tech campus.

As he walked out of court, he said it was the first time he had been in the cafeteria and it was a "spur of the moment" act.

"It wasn't until afterward I sat down and realized how wrong it was," he said.

Singleton said he hasn't talked to the cashier since the incident.

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Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 07/20/11 - 04:15 pm
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As a community, we need to

As a community, we need to learn to think more along the lines of discipline and not punishment. Discipline is helpful; it restores and promotes personal growth...Punishment is ineffective and produces more rebellion and dysfunctional living. I would like to know more about this young man. How long has he been at Augusta Tech; how well was he doing in his classes; what did his teachers think of him.. any prior record,? etc… I believe in legal and natural consquences, but this sounds over the top.

mystery30815
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mystery30815 07/20/11 - 04:19 pm
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This student has been in LOTS

This student has been in LOTS of trouble before.

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 07/20/11 - 04:26 pm
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There can be no discipline

There can be no discipline without fear of punishment.If indeed he is sorry and realizes how wrong it was then I feel the punishment is proper. Good chance that he won't do this or anything like it again. If he had been unrepentant then his punishment should have been stronger. No consequences for bad behavior begets worse behavior. If even one of his friends hears of this sentence and thinks that the book may be thrown at him as well, mission accomplished. Having said that, he does sound like a young man who knows he made a mistake, owned up to it and hopefully will "go and sin no more".

my.voice
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my.voice 07/20/11 - 04:26 pm
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@Willow....You say this is

@Willow....You say this is over the top, but in my experience this is right on the money, no pun intended. Shoplifters get by EVERY DAY with not so much as a slap on the wrist. As a community we need to stiffen our stance to inappropriate and anti-social behaviors like this. If this isn't a teachable moment for this young person then he isn't teachable.

This behavior is wrong on so very many levels. I hope the young man sees this and gets some help in correcting this type of thinking.

Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 07/20/11 - 04:37 pm
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Willow, punishment is that

Willow, punishment is that thing that is necessary when discipline fails.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/20/11 - 05:04 pm
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This was totally appropriate.

This was totally appropriate.

Considering that he was charged with a felony, yes, it was very appropriate.

commonsense-is-endangere
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commonsense-is-endangere 07/20/11 - 05:10 pm
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Surely a blind person can be

Surely a blind person can be better utilized than a cashier. How many of you would like to go under a knife by a blind surgeon?

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/20/11 - 05:27 pm
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I feel the punishment is

I feel the punishment is appropriate. Just can't figure out why others who have stolen way more get less or zero punishment. Maybe it depends on who the victim is.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/20/11 - 07:33 pm
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No, it's because

No, it's because this-exploiting the disabled- is a felony.

fftaz71
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fftaz71 07/20/11 - 07:42 pm
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Commonsense...she does do

Commonsense...she does do more than just cash people out but that is also part of her job. When someone isnt at the register, she is stocking coolers and shelves at the counter. She works hard, and she is good at what she does. Im only sorry someone at that campus, who by the way signed a Code of Ethics every quarter for EVERY class that specifies acceptable behavior, thought for a second that it would be cool to take advantage of someone...blind or not. I believe she has some very limited sight, but I cant be sure about that. She is a very educated lady....this kid got an appropriate punishment.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 07/20/11 - 07:54 pm
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This punishment may appear

This punishment may appear "over the top" only in light of how many people do a 100 times worse and don't get anything but a slap on the wrist. It appears to be appropriate to me. Hopefully, this young man has learned a valuable lesson.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/20/11 - 07:56 pm
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corgimom...I know people that

corgimom...I know people that have committed felonies and gotten little or NO punishment right here in Augusta.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 07/20/11 - 08:03 pm
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This ain't Mr. Singleton's

This ain't Mr. Singleton's first brush with the law. He got 5 years probation. He is 17 years old and already displays this behavior? Anyone care to make a wager as to whether or not he can complete probation without another run-in with the law?

Vito45
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Vito45 07/20/11 - 08:03 pm
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Punishment was totally

Punishment was totally appropriate; he didn't serve time. 100 hours of community service will give him plenty of time to think about it, and 5 years probation will either keep him straight or put him in jail if lessons aren't learned.
Heck, my teenage son got two weekends of picking up trash for a simple speeding ticket.

alycias
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alycias 07/20/11 - 08:13 pm
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Patty- I think it does have

Patty- I think it does have something to do with the person being disabled. I know in Florida anyway, the punishment is worse if someone takes advantage of, or hurts an elderly or disabled person , than if that person was not elderly or disabled. So I am supposing its the same most likely in all states. It SHOULD be that way.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/20/11 - 08:26 pm
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alycias...I'm sure the fact

alycias...I'm sure the fact that the person was disabled is taken into consideration, but nobody should just simply get away with stealing THOUSANDS from anyone - disabled or not- and not be punished at all.

Goodfellows
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Goodfellows 07/20/11 - 09:47 pm
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Get real! People who steal,

Get real! People who steal, keep stealing until the get caught and also lie. It doesn't matter what the amount is , its still a crime! To do it to a blind person just makes it worse. He should do his 100 hours with blindfolds on.

eagle
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eagle 07/20/11 - 10:21 pm
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Probation??? Not good
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Probation??? Not good enough. Time to put up some tents and get some pink underwear for these scum. How about a year in jail AND more community service!!!

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/22/11 - 12:39 pm
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Aw, come on, everybody.

Aw, come on, everybody. Everybody knows that Singleton "was playing."

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