06/07/2013 02:35 pm ET

Ray Stoup Allegedly Steals Beer After Claiming Dead Rat In Convenience Store Cooler

Some guys will go to desperate lengths to get free beer -- even rob a store by pretending there's a dead rat in the cooler.

That's the method used by alleged criminal mastermind Ray Stoup in his effort to rob a Circle K in Ft. Pierce, Fla., of $23 worth of Bud Light on May 26.

Investigators say Stoup, 26, entered the convenience store near midnight and walked into an area of the store known as a "beer cave." He came out carrying two cases of brewskis and complained about seeing a dead rat, reported.

The cashier told police she found nothing dead, but turned around to see Stoup running out of the store with his beer, reported.

He was arrested for retail theft on his front porch.

Stoup's alleged criminal act took advantage of the fact that rodents and food are a gross combination in real life. However, in weird news, they're as delicious as the mixture of chocolate and peanut butter found in Reese's cups.

In January, 2012, Ronald Ball of Illinois sued PepsiCo for $50,000, for allegedly allowing a dead mouse to be inserted into a can of Mountain Dew.

The soft drink manufacturer denied the allegation and insisted that the acid used when the drink is bottled would have caused the rodent to transform into a "jelly-like substance."

That same month, Karruim Demaio, a former McDonald's employee, shot a cell phone video of a mouse trapped in a bag of Big Mac buns at a Philadelphia location.

In June 2011, Michigan man John Jones discovered a disemboweled mouse in a bag of Dole Tender Garden mix. He, his girlfriend and her seven-year old son had already eaten some of the salad when he found the dead rodent.



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