Newspaper Theft at the University of Tampa Results in Punishment

By September 9, 2008

Newspaper thieves beware: Stealing or destroying newspapers from your campus can result in fines, community service, and public embarrassment. Just ask one student who got caught throwing out $800 worth of the University of Tampa’s student paper, The Minaret. After getting busted by the school’s surveillance cameras, the student is now serving 20 hours of community service and had to pay a $150 fine to the paper.

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