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Published May 09, 2014, 09:48 AM

Georgia man arrested for chicken wing theft (w/ video)

Clayton County, GA (CNN) - An outing to a grocery store turned into an ordeal for one Atlanta-area family. A dad was arrested after the store accused him and his son of eating chicken wings in the store and leaving without paying for them. The mom was in the store at the time and says the whole thing is big mistake.

By: Tom Jones, CNN

Clayton County, GA (CNN) - An outing to a grocery store turned into an ordeal for one Atlanta-area family. A dad was arrested after the store accused him and his son of eating chicken wings in the store and leaving without paying for them. The mom was in the store at the time and says the whole thing is big mistake.

Anna Marie Jones – Wife: "They would not let me pay for the chicken wings. No, they wasn't. So, he went to jail over a chicken wing."

Anna Marie Jones thinks it is wrong that her husband was arrested and now faces a theft by shoplifting charge - over chicken wings.

Anna Marie Jones: "I mean, it was just a chicken wing. And my husband goes to jail for a chicken wing."

The warrant surrounding Benjamin Cain’s arrest says he ate food without paying for it at Kroger, and gave his seven-year-old son some chicken wings he didn't pay for. The officer charged Cain with contributing to the delinquency of a minor because he caused his son to commit a delinquent act.

Anna Marie Jones: "I could buy all them chicken wings. I could buy all them chicken wings."

Jones says she and her husband and three small kids were grocery shopping. She says Cain did eat the wings and gave her seven-year-old son some. Jones says her husband put the wings down after the kids became unruly.

Anna Marie Jones: "Babies, you know, were crying, so I told them to take them on to the car while I continued to ring up my groceries."

That's when an officer arrested him.

Anna Marie Jones: "Went to jail for a chicken wing."

Some customers don't think locking Cain up is the answer.

Kim Smith – Customer: "It's like so many innocent people go to jail."

Reporter: "But is he innocent? He at the chicken wing and didn't pay for it."

Kim Smith: "But did he honestly just set it down and forget about it?"

Jones says she had every intention of paying for the food. She says she tried to pay for it when she saw police arresting her husband, but was not allowed. So far, Kroger has not commented on the incident. A spokesman tells CNN affiliate WSB he hopes to release a statement soon.

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