Margaret Ann Berk, a.k.a. ‘Magi’ was charged with shoplifting a pendant from my booth at the Festival on the Green at the University of West Florida on April 2nd 2002 in Pensacola, FL and resisting arrest. It also came out in court, as the jury deliberated, that she has a prior conviction for shoplifting in Coral Springs, Florida as well. No surprise there.
I just received the following notice from the State Attorneys office:
August 5th, 2011
RE: State of Florida vs. Margaret Ann Berk
Clerk No: 1711MM021970A
Dear Ms. Stone:
The above referenced defendant was sentenced to:
12 Months Probation Time
$55 Monthly Cost of Supervision
6 Months County Jail Suspended
$300. Court Costs
$50 Cost of Prosecution
25 Hours Community Service
$200 Public Defender Fees
No Contact/Harassment/Avoid UWF
Do Not Attend Any Arts Festival @ UWF
If you have any questions regarding the case, please do not hesitate to contact me at this office.
Assistant State Attorney
Ladies and gentlemen, the pendant that she took off of my table only cost $40. She will now be paying over $1200 for her bad judgement that day, when she could have paid $40 and KEPT the pendant in question. I hope that she learns from this, but knowing what kind of person she is I doubt she is capable of learning a single thing from this episode – or it seems she would have learned something from her prior conviction for theft.