Was the guy a felon with warrants or something? Stealing $1 worth of anything isn't a felony crime.
Went in and read the article. Here is the bit of info that turns this story from absurd to just, IMO.
At some point enough is enough. It's like the three strikes law that pertains to felony convictions, but on a more minor level.Abaire, who is unemployed, has a history of minor petty theft convictions. That history led law enforcement officers to ratchet the case up from a misdemeanor to a felony.