A Myrtle Beach man must have been pretty stunned when he learned that he received 15 years, without parole, for taking $20 from a local convenience store.
Bernado Joseph Evans, 32, plead guilty to the crime of entering the business on Lake Arrowhead Road, carrying a Taser, and taking a very small amount of cash.
During the process, he assaulted the clerk, according to the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office.
His image was caught on a camera and Evans turned himself in shortly after the attack.
In a case of turnabout is fair play, Evans got stung and won't be seeing the outside for quite a while.
The charges of armed robbery and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature are not ones that are eligible for parole, said Solicitor Jimmy Richardson.
Evans must serve at least 85 percent of his 15 year sentence, Richardson said.
Ouch. That has got to hurt.
It had to happen.
On the cusp of possibly the greatest local film casting, ever, in Myrtle Beach, the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office is seeking to shut down certain businesses featuring naughty bits.
Now where are “Magic Mike” and the boys supposed to go when they hit the Grand Strand next month?
The movie sequel, scheduled to film in Myrtle Beach in Nov. 4 and 5, focuses on a road trip to local stripper establishments.
Based on the casting calls, it's possible that Magic Mike and the gang will not be happy with the possible business closures.
It doesn't look like the movie could use a plot line of the men cruising Coastal Grand Mall, then hitting Hudson's Flea Market for some tube socks and baking pans.
Then again, the boys might like to purchase some tube socks. Who knows. They might get cold up there on stage.
The businesses headed for a shut down according to the solicitor include: the former Gold Club; Club Mansion, formerly known as Teezers; Tiffany’s Cabaret; and The Bunny Ranch. The Airport Express adult video store has already shut down.
Complaints about the businesses range from possible prostitution, drug use, fighting and noise complaints, according to the Solicitor's Office.
The owners of the businesses, however, say it will hurt the economy to shut their doors, since they employ hundreds of people and attract golfers.
Reports say it was a misunderstanding when female employees offered undercover investigators dates for a cost of $500 to $1,000. It's unclear how someone could misunderstand being asked to pay for a date.
Anyway, if the businesses are closed, the road trip featuring Magic Mike might hit a big fat roadblock when it hits Myrtle Beach.
It's not over until the last man (or woman) in a skimpy costume says all right, all right, all right.
Residents of the Dunes Cove community should heed some advice from a nearby police chief in Georgetown County.
If you leave your house unlocked, your trunk open and the keys in the car, things might get stolen.
Recent thefts at Dunes Cove have alarmed the residents, who have discovered tables, jewelry and other valuables missing from their homes and cars.
The residents said they did leave doors unlocked, computers unsecured and keys in plain sight during the burglaries.
Some homeowners have wisened up and are now boarding up their homes to stop thieves.
This might also bring a visit from the Home Owners Association, who usually doesn't like people barricading their homes, and locking their families inside, as a way to fight crime.
That really doesn't fit in with appearance standards.
The Myrtle Beach Police Department, and other jurisdictions, are warning residents about car burglaries and thefts during the upcoming holiday season.
They want people to remain vigilant and call police if they see anything suspicious.
To prevent some property crimes, they should also advise that residents don't leave their purses on the front seat, credit cards in plain sight and garage doors open during an extended vacation.
A fishy tale
An innocent fish got caught in the middle of a recent domestic dispute between a North Myrtle Beach man and his ex-girlfriend.
Now, the poor creature really is swimming with the fishes.
The incident happened after Charles Clay Jackson, 44, attacked his ex-girlfriend during an argument.
Jackson reportedly beat the woman, tied her up, then grabbed her pet fish and swallowed it.
Jackson first showed up at the woman's house on Oct. 4, wanting to celebrate her birthday, according to reports.
Jackson reportedly poked the woman with an oyster knife before he grabbed the fish and swallowed it.
This is a weird way to show someone you care.
Listen, mister, munching on someone's pet is not cool. Doing it while attacking your former lover is even worse.
At press time, Jackson remained in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, charged with attempted murder and kidnapping.
Not sure whether the charges involve the ex-girlfriend, the fish, or both
Police did say they found an empty fish bowl at the crime scene, which they probably considered...well, rather fishy.
No word on whether Jackson will be charged with illegal fish chomping.