Today in ridiculous court proceedings: the case of a woman who stole a $2 pumpkin and is now facing a jury trial. The thief, Lauren Medina, allegedly committed her horrible crime at McCall's Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty, New Mexico this past October. According to Medina's sister Annette Atencio, Medina spent $75 on funnel cakes and other food, and then went on some hay rides. Sounds like a pleasant afternoon, but as she was leaving, Medina picked up the small pumpkin and forgot to pay for it. She was approached by police, and she said, "Oh my god, I'm so sorry. Can I pay for them?" They said no and handcuffed her immediately. This is all coming from her sister, so it's possible there's something more to the incident, but the court case itself, at the end of the day, is about the pumpkin, the whole pumpkin, and nothing but the pumpkin.
Medina, a 23-year-old college student, was given an order to appear in court. She assumed when she did, the charges would be dropped, but they weren't. She was instead given the option of pleading guilty and doing probation, but she refused, and now the case is headed to the jury. By this point, many times the original $2 amount must have been spent in legal costs, and the poor jury is about to be deeply annoyed that they had to jump through the hoops of jury duty simply to adjudicate a case about a damned pumpkin.