News Flash: Picking A Farmer’s Blueberries Without Permission Is Stealing
Seriously you knew that, but did you know that sneaking a snack roadside can lead to a hefty fine or even jail time?
Well, it does, as recently pointed out by this Facebook post from Maine Forest Rangers.
They also point out that the farmer's crops took time and money for that person to make happen. Those farmers are no doubt looking to sell what they have worked so hard to grow as their livelihood. So, pulling up on the side of the road and helping yourself is genuinely stealing money from that farmer. Their request:
People can do their part my respecting our farmers and by purchasing locally grown food at stores, farm stands and at farmers markets.
According to Maine laws, taking farmers product is a class E misdemeanor cited here:
In Maine, the following penalties apply:
Class E – if you are found guilty of obtaining property valued at $500 or less you could face a fine of up to $1,000 and jail time of six months
Mostly, it is just rude to take other people's stuff. So, don't.