Police: Man Pulled Out Submachine Gun in Convenience Store to Protest 22¢ Soda Tax

Matt Vespa
By Matt Vespa | April 15, 2014 | 4:00 PM EDT

In Chicago, a man wasn't going to let high soda taxes ruin his day.  He decided to protest the 22¢ tax by pulling out a submachine gun in a convenience store (via the Chicago Sun-Times):

Nahshon Shelton didn't want to pay the 22-cent tax on his $1.79 two-liter of Pepsi on Saturday afternoon, Chicago Police said.

So he allegedly pulled a blue-steel Intratec .22-caliber submachine gun out of his Gucci satchel inside the convenience store in the 4000 block of West Madison Street where they tried to make him pay it - and he threatened to kill everyone there, a prosecutor said.

This "is my neighborhood, I'm tax exempt!" he would later allegedly tell the cops. "Man, you know what, I'll keep it real. I had to put them in their place."

Shelton, 36, of the 4200 block of West Carroll, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and having an invalid FOID card.

So, I guess you can say that nothing will come between Shelton and his soda.  Oh wait; it looks like incarceration will definitely come between him and his fizzy drink.  Yes, taxes are awful, but pulling out a firearm so you don't have to pay the 22¢ - come on, bro.

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