Alcoholic Falls Off Wagon, Gets Drunk At Walmart

WAUKESHA WI -Oct. 25, 2007 A town of Eagle man who said he had quit drinking for more than a year was cited for retail theft at a Mukwonago Wal-Mart after he reportedly took seven bottles of alcohol off the store shelves and downed them in the liquor aisle in 15 minutes
The man, 43, was cited for retail theft after the incident at the Wal-Mart Supercenter, 250 E. Wolf Run, at about 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14, Mukwonago police records show.
Mukwonago Police Chief Fred Winchowky said the man was seen on store security video drinking seven 12-ounce bottles of Jack Daniels Lynchburg Lemonade in a 15-minute period. When confronted by a store official, the man initially denied it, but he smelled of intoxicants, Winchowky said.
Reviewing a police report on the matter, Winchowky added the man said he was a recovering alcoholic who’d been dry for 16 months until that date, when he went to the store with his wife, who was unaware of what he was doing.
"He went down that aisle and he said ‘I just couldn’t control myself,’" Winchowky said. "He stated he was upset he broke his 16-month streak and he didn’t know how he was going to tell his wife."

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