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pop tartsCharlotte, NC – A woman in North Carolina had her juvenile son arrested for allegedly stealing her Pop-Tarts.

According to the Charlotte Observer, the woman called police on Monday to report that her Pop-Tarts had been stolen from her home. She also told them that her son was the theif and that she wanted him arrested.

Since Charlotte’s crime rate is -6.7% lower in March than it was the same time last year, a bored police officer obliged and placed the kid under juvenile arrest. He’s been charged with larceny/misdemeanor and will appear in juvenile court.

One of the boy’s neighbors laughed when informed he’d been arrested for stealing his mother’s Pop-Tarts. “He seems real nice to me. I mean, he is real respectful,” said the neighbor. Another neighbor told reporters that the food in her house is there for her kids. “It would be nice if they asked, but they don’t. They are kids,” they said.

While the boy’s mother declined to comment, the arrest report stated the mother has been having ongoing discipline issues with her son, so she decided to use this incident to teach him a lesson.

The last time a Pop-Tart was mentioned on this site, a kid was suspended from school for making a Pop-Tart gun then pointing it at another student in the cafeteria.

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  • Stealing money or pawning her stuff… fine. A pop tart? Kids need to eat.. she should be arrested for neglect.

  • CT

    I am going out on a limb here but I’m guessing there was some crazy involved in addition to the Pop-Tarts.

  • CT

    The neighbors laughing at her on camera and the kids that chanting – “all he wanted was a PopTart”. Classic.

  • CT

    WAIT, what is it this week with NC and food? First it was cheese and now Pop-Tarts? If someone goes gangster over a Hot Pocket. It’s gonna be time to start thinking the Zombie Apocalypse.

  • Carren Jones

    Seems we should outlaw pop tarts before this gets out of hand. What’s next?? Toaster Strudel’s??? Where does it end!!!

  • Jessica Bolanos

    What a bitch… This lady deserves the C word.

  • LMAO!!!!! I can’t believe any Cop would even entertain such a call! And the Mother….Talk about overactive!

  • I don’t know who’s more stupid, the mom or cop

  • Thou shall not steal Pop Tarts!

  • Kittyskyfish

    Discipline? She ain’t got time for that! Why parent when you can call the police. Whatta bish.

  • pop tarts are demonic

  • Valerie

    What kind of Hot Pocket are we talking about. Most are gross, but that Philly Cheesesteak Hot Pocket is soooo yummy.

  • CT

    I recently had a pretzel Hot Pocket. Good stuff, well, for a Hot Pocket.

  • John Douros

    If I was the cop who showed up, “mom” would have ended up in the nut house for a complete evaluation.

  • Cassy_Again

    It’s a gateway snack. Before you know it the kid will be trading his bike for strudel and stealing to feed his cinnamon bun habit. Then you would all me so smug, WILL YOU????

  • Valerie

    Yes, Hot Pockets need to be judged on their own scale.

  • DeweyCheatam

    I hope she’s not expecting this kid to take care of her in her old age.

  • kcjosh

    Hey now, munchie food is serious business. The day my kid fucks with my pizza rolls will be his last day.

  • G.I.R.L.

    Yes, because her son should starve. Come on.

  • TMS

    I go gangster over my woman’s Hot Pocket. She seems to approve.

  • kimbev69

    i’m sorry they need to charge that mother with being an asshole

  • kimbev69

    lmao..strudel lol

  • Valerie


  • What’s the problem here? Need to respect the pop tarts!

  • Anna B

    Aw, man, now I want toaster strudels. But I’d have to get dressed… and find the toaster…

  • Ah yes, waste tax payer money teaching your son not to steal your process junk food! What a loon.

  • Valerie

    Go to Walmart, any state of dress is fine there.

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  • Texas Ranger

    In that case, my Rangerettes are going to the chair if they steal one more fuckin bag of my Funyuns. That’s a promise.

  • You know they were purchased with food stamps, too

  • Maybe the child was hungry… And now this pos excuse of a mother is going to ruin his life. Sad

  • NY_Mommy

    I looove pizza rolls!

  • i love the cinnamon ones

  • Tundratot

    How old was this child?

    Is mom happy now that she’ll have to escort her child through the court process? Will that make it all better? It’s one thing when there’s a fake arrest and a little time sitting in a squad room, but this is actually for “reals” and the kid is getting the works . . . over pop-tarts. Crazy.

  • Buffettgirl

    T Ranger – Funyuns are an entirely different entity than Pop-Tarts. Pop-Tarts are a needed, tasty breakfast type food. Funyuns are manna from the Gods and should be revered for the perfection that they are…

  • Buffettgirl

    I approve for her as well… 😉

  • Have you had the Flaming Hot Funyuns? OMG…that bag dies a horrible death in about 4 minutes. So good.

  • Buffettgirl

    Why is Eddie Murphy now stuck in my head??? “You don’t have no ice cream! You didn’t get none! You didn’t get none! ‘cos you are on the welfare, you can’t afford it! You can’t afford it, and your father is an alcoholic !” Thanks for that! 😉

  • Buffettgirl

    I see them and I walk away… I need not add to my list of bad habits! Don’t get me wrong, I WANT them, I just can’t give in to them!

  • I can’t walk away from anything marked “Flaming Hot”. If they made flaming hot cereal that would taste good in milk I’d buy a new box everyday.

  • Buffettgirl

    It’s funny, I’m reading all of these responses and thinking “Shit, my Mom would have done the same damn thing!” Of course she would have first threatened us with a punishment worse than death so we would know the consequences were serious. But if we crossed that line, with one of the couple of things that she bought just for her? Oh HELL NO, cops would have been called, more than likely timed so that it happened in a place guaranteed to embarrass us the most, and the police/parent lecture would then commence. It’s sad that I give my Mom such a bad image here, she’s a kick-ass chick, I swear, she was just strict. If we played by the rules she established it was truly all fun and games growing up. “Break a rule, learn a lesson the hard way, but then be done with it” was her parenting style. But yeah, my Mom would have done this too, and I get why this Mom did if she is having serious discipline issues with the kid and has tried everything else she knows. If she’s a lazy dipshit then she should be prosecuted for wasting valuable resources.

  • Buffettgirl

    i had to stop at the Cheetos or risk permanent destruction of my esophagus from acid reflux issues! ;D

  • Texas Ranger

    Yes they are, but they do rank second to Chili-Cheese Flavored Fritos though. I’d sell the whole damn family to feed that addiction.

  • Eliza Berntsen

    Well yeah, they eat Pop-Tarts.

  • Athena

    I hate these stories.

    “Hi, police? I’m a failure of a parent and I could give two shits that police and court resources – paid by tax payers – are constantly strapped. Can you please come and do my parenting for me?”

    Lady, you suck at life.

  • Buffettgirl

    Are we related? Seriously? Daddy, is that you??? ;D

  • Me too, and the cat.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    Funny, the food that I buy is meant to be eaten by my children. Seems stupid for Mommie Dearest to have a shitfit over overpriced cardboard.

  • Texas Ranger

    Athena. You again totally miss the point….he stole POP TARTS!.

    Death is the only suitable ending to this criminals career.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Considering what the issue is/was, it’s still a waste of taxpayer dollars.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    The mere mention of Chili-Cheese Fritos makes me go into a Homer Simpson-esque food coma!
    Pass the drool bib, please…

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Gurcfpouddfopgucvbou! Fried-style Cheetos!
    My #2 addiction.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Except for the Chocolate-Fudge Pop Tarts, I’m not a fan of ’em.

  • Buffettgirl

    Yes – unless it worked, If it prevents this kid from going down the wrong road later in life, I’m OK with it. But, like i said, if this is purely lazy parenting, MOM should spend some time in the hoosegow.

  • Texas Ranger

    The cop that decided that this was important Police business probably has the hots for ol’ mom and here was his chance to be the Big Guy Hero and possibly get into her pants. That’s my guess anyway, but I always see the devious sex side of things..

  • Athena

    I haven’t eaten a Pop Tart since I was prepubescent. Apparently, my taste buds grew in along with my boobs.

  • Lucy Van Pelt

    I once met a woman who told me she never ever spanked her children until she discovered two of them had stolen her bong and her weed, She said she beat the hell our of them.
    Each mother has her breaking point, I suppose.

  • CT

    My kids should be more concerned with me eating their PopTarts. I love them. The PopTarts I mean. On yeah, the kids too.

  • Texas Ranger

    So I guess that means you either have REALLY big taste buds or teeny-weeny boobs. Neither sounds all that good for your puberty years.

  • 18th40

    “scuse me, uh pardon me, yeah you, sorry to butt in but, what in the fuck is a Funyun ?

  • Wildheart

    And they have toasters.

  • Wildheart

    I knew there was a reason I love you people so damn much! 🙂

  • Wildheart

    I’ve been known to hoard S’Mores Pop Tarts for the zombie apocalypse.

  • Buffettgirl

    My heart is breaking for you at this moment. I can’t imagine not knowing the joy of Funyuns… They are basically imitation onion rings for sale right next to your Fritos, Cheetos, Doritos and Lays… they have the texture of Cheetos with a handy onion ring shape and taste. Yummmmmmmy are they yes! ;-P

  • Kasie K

    Ummmm, pop tarts

  • 18th40

    Hmmmm, it would appear I should lobby my government to look into this travesty.

  • If the dreaming demon was around when I was a kid, I’d be written about in here, along with my mom. She would tell me I smoke outside, but not in the yard, and when I walked across the street she reported me as a runaway. If I walked too slow from school, she did the same. She called the cops once because I was eating string cheese while looking out the window. Seriously. If I got sassy she would call the police. And once my stepfather was beating my ass, so she called the cops and told them that I was laying in the floor hitting myself and screaming.

  • t0ofIy

    My mother would defend me for murder even if all the evidence pointed towards me. This woman points the finger at her child for taking her two dollar pop tarts. There’s a difference. My mother thinks about my future, the mother in this story only thinks of her own. It’s selfish. She is a bad mother.

  • Lol poor kid tho!

  • Texas Ranger

    And the after-burp is pretty tasty too I might add. Mix Funyuns with a bologna sandwich and you got a lethal weapon right there.

  • I would hate to be Mrs. Ranger at the moment.

  • disturbedperson

    If the kid was hungry enough to steal & eat a pop tart, his momma needs to be investigated for neglect. If he stole it to make into a gun, why not ground him & hide those boxes of chemically-fortified gross things in the top cupboard.

  • Texas Ranger

    Why’s that? If I could figure out how to bottle it, i’d sell it as “Eau De Ranger”. Sell like crazy I tell ya. One whiff and It would Instantly remind you of Pick up trucks, Trailer Houses, hay barns, and tractor diesel. A body spray may even be a better use of the aroma now that I think of it.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Should’dah had an Eggo….

  • JohnQknowitall

    She also deserves to pay the jurisdiction back for the costs of this bs… that will teach her a lesson…

  • Karma

    You people rare all missing the boat. Andy Capp’s hot fries are the penultimate junque food!

  • Twisted1

    Most of the food I buy is for the kids. However I do get annoyed when they eat something that was to be used to make a dinner. I also sometimes hide food in my room. Because I have two teens and they will eat it in 5 seconds if I don’t. Lol

  • Texas Ranger

    Your argument has merits…BUT..Chili-Cheese Fritos are NOT junk food.They are a USDA recommended total nutrition food. A. Corn for grain group B. Corn feeds cows, so theres your meat group C. Cows give milk, so theres your dairy group, the cheese is just overkill D. Chili for your fiber group which aids in quick digestion. Therefore I propose shipping Chili Cheese Fritos to all starving nations as a humanitarian gesture. Say NO to starvation!

  • frigginpeachy

    Under the law a child can not sign a contract so the parents are required to act for the child and pay legal representation. Wouldn’t the mother be responsible for court fees and paying back the public defender unless she can prove her income is low? Mommy looks like she has a nice car, you can’t have that on welfare. Hopefully she may be paying for a lot more than that Pop-Tart was worth.

  • JustBrowsingLife

    I have gone gangsta over the last serving of ice cream.

  • JustBrowsingLife

    Cop needs a performance evaluation for even responding. My home town police have a problem with overreacting and wasting our tax dollars.

  • JustBrowsingLife

    Then you wouls get arrested by the wally cops. How embarrassing would that be? Headline “woman arrested in hubby’s t-shirt and bunny slippers for getting toasted”.

  • JustBrowsingLife

    My gramma used to say “your children will be picking out the facilities for you”.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Maybe too many officers for too little work… a testimony to their effectiveness… maybe… ask them…

  • xNikkiLynnx

    OMG yes they are, but have you ever accidentally grabbed cheddar fries? Then you get home and go to open them …oh no

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  • Aussie Sabbath

    If this happened in Australia, it would be kinda understandable. Pop-Tarts are really expensive over here! ($10 for 8 of them). But considering they’re a staple food in the US, Mum went way overboard. And considering they’re “kid food”, the boy probably thought they were for him!
    I found some cheap Poptarts from the lolly shop ($10 for 24 of them) and laughed my head off when I saw on the box “A good source of 8 vitamins and minerals” WTF??

  • *waves an American Flag with a tear in my eye* THIS people is what being a great humanitarian is all about right here!!

  • I believe there may actually (and sadly) be a market for that. You’ll make millions.

  • candytree

    she was probably either trying to get him some help. or get him OUT. as a mom who had a juvenile delinquent at one time, i can sympathize.

  • candytree

    luckily for my son, hitting rock bottom made him face reality and take some was rough though, for both of us.

  • GGMon

    Do you know how fucking addictive PopTarts are? That’s all I would eat during high school. I’d be pissed if someone took my PopTarts without asking cause it’s not like I’m afraid to share but calling police is waaaay too extreme

  • GGMon

    Jesus Christ! I’m sorry but what is wrong with your mom?

  • I know right? I have talked about it with my husband and my older brother, since our younger brother was spared a lot of it, and my husband is convinced my mom was on pills. She has always had a very weak personality, but thinks she’s super special. I could write a book :-/

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  • Wanda Bates Syko

    Oh for fuck’s sake. Arrest this idiot for wasting the law’s time.

  • Buffettgirl

    Give ’em a moment, they have a lot on their plate right now investigation wise that is… 😉

  • tami thompson

    This is not necessarily true. My oldest daughter is ADHD, and she used to steal food, and it was only sweets. She had issues with impulse control. She was always well fed, and grew out of it as she grew older. She was never under fed, simply wanted all the junk food, not the healthy stuff I made for meals.

  • 18th40

    Ahh yes that would be your government my dear, my government is busy organizing the prizes for this years annual moose races and beaver eating contest.

  • Buffettgirl

    Your gub’mint seems so much healthier than our gub’mint…

  • Athena

    Yes, and it’s quite possibly directly related to a lack of Funyuns.

    …although, that does make me wonder what role poutine could be playing…

  • Buffettgirl

    I’ve never had it, but it looks to be an awesome late night out drinking kind of yumminess…

  • 18th40

    It’s probably all the beaver we eat, keeps people happy I suppose.

  • Athena

    Well, as a Seattleite, I am an honorary Canadian. I mean, I’ve got Our Lady Peace on the iPod, always root for St. Pierre when he’s fighting, I can sing “O Canada” and, while I’ve never owned any of her music, I can’t imagine disparaging Ms. Dion. Really, so long as you don’t ask me about Italian food or the items in my Outlook calendar, you’d never know the difference.

    I can definitely vouch for some poutine.

  • Athena

    Yes, yes… I saw what you did there. 😉

  • 18th40

    Quite frankly, I really don’t think there’s much you miss.

  • Buffettgirl

    While I might personally disparage Ms. Dion (sorry, the extended warble gets on my nerves some) and I don’t know who St. Pierre is, I like the idea of an honorary citizenship. I’ve always wanted to be an honorary Texan…

  • Athena

    Georges St. Pierre is a French Canadian, one of the most successful fighters in the UFC, and the focus of one of my best friend’s obsession. He’s a’ight looking, I guess, but he sort of sounds like a French Kermit the Frog to me. I like my men a little hairier and a little huskier, so I’m more of a Patrick Cote gal, myself – also French Canadian, also of the UFC, but less successful.

  • Athena

    Don’t say that. I miss you when you’re not around…

    …and, with that, I’m afraid I’ve exhausted my ego stroking quota for this 24-hour period. But I can’t pass up a perfectly cheesy opportunity to spit game (I still haven’t managed to get that gangsta stain out of my shirt, if you were wondering).

  • Buffettgirl

    OK – Georges is sexy, no doubt there, but Patrick, he’s STEAMY HOT! Phew – I think I need a cigarette! 😉

  • Athena

    Yeah, I really don’t see why, as a whole, women aren’t more supportive of the sport.

  • Buffettgirl

    Is UFC the real thing, or is it that oh so insulting fake stuff? I’ll watch a REAL fight any day, like the MMA stuff, but the WWE crap? Not gonna waste my time! The UFC and MMA bodies are mighty damn fine to look at ain’t they? 😉

  • Athena

    Very real, my dear. As real as it gets.

    And, hey, I guess men need their soap operas, too… but professional “wrestling” ain’t mah thang either.

  • 18th40

    Heh, I was wondering, don’t worry too much about that stain, it looks good on you.

  • Emily Clocke

    Apparently, people in Charlotte take their Pop Tarts VERY seriously.