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Starbucks tip jar thief shouts 'You can't catch me' at officers

Police: 53-year-old tries to take tip jar after barista refuses to serve free coffee

MADISON, Wis. - A man was arrested Sunday morning after running from police who were pursuing him for allegedly stealing a tip jar from a Starbucks, according to a release.

Kirk L. Becker, 53, took the tip jar from the Starbucks at 1 E. Main St. around 8:25 a.m. after the barista turned down his request for free coffee, police said.

According to the release, Becker said, "There are homeless people out here. You should invite them in for free coffee."

When the barista told Becker that would be against the store's policy, he called her selfish and grabbed the tip jar with a couple dollars in it, police said.

As Becker attempted to run from officers he yelled, "You can't catch me," according to the release. Police were able to take Becker into custody, and as they handcuffed him he shouted, "I do not forgive you."

Becker faces tentative charges of theft and resisting or obstructing an officer.

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