Strange News: Woman Charged with Torching Broken Soda Machine

A woman from South Carolina is facing a pair of felony charges after admitting she set fire to a soda machine that ate her money.

Surveillance camera footage caught Debra Johnson feeding money into a 7-Up machine outside a Piggly Wiggly store in New Bern around 1:40 a.m. Saturday. When the machine didn't dispense her soda, Johnson is seen kicking it, then stuffing a newspaper into it and setting the paper on fire.

WCTI-TV reports Johnson can then be seen buying a soda at a nearby machine as flames engulf the first one, damaging it and the 35 bucks it contained. She was arrested Monday, and in her first court appearance, she reportedly said, "I don't need a lawyer to lie for me, cause I'mma tell you I done it."

Johnson refused to pay the 10 thousand dollars bond, and will remain behind bars pending a court appearance next week.


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