What is it Steve Carell says in that Super Bowl commercial?
“Is Pepsi OK?”
To one Mulberry man, it was downright essential.
Gabriel Tillman, 49, was arrested Thursday after he went to extreme lengths to steal a 16-ounce Pepsi from a convenience store, according to a Facebook post from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
The cashier at the Citgo store at 4075 Hwy 60 in Mulberry saw Tillman pull a bottle of the soft drink out of a case and attempt to walk out of the store without paying for it, so he pushed the lock button on the door.
But Tillman wasn’t giving up that easily, as surveillance video shows.
He first pushes on the handle bar, then tries a few more times, putting his full body weight on it.
He hip-checks the door.
When that doesn’t work, he takes a few steps back, points at the door like a matador taunting a bull, then rushes into it at full speed.
It doesn’t budge.
He punches the door, repeatedly pulls on the handle, turns around and pushes it with his posterior, his feet sliding on the slippery floor and turning up the corner of a slip mat.
Still no luck.
Undaunted, Tillman sets down the Pepsi, grabs a fire extinguisher and slams it against the glass door several times.
Finally, the cashier relents, unlocking the door. Tillman sets down the fire extinguisher, picks up his Pepsi and walks out.
Only, he didn’t have long to enjoy it.
A deputy spotted Tillman two blocks from the store and took him into custody.
Asked by the deputy if he knew what was going on, according to the Sheriff’s Office, Tillman responded, “Possibly.”
He faces charges of grand theft for the fire extinguisher, as well as petit theft and criminal mischief ($200 or less).