Student Accused of Stealing Ice Cubes Heads to Court

The school cafeteria manager calls the college freshman a thief, but the teen says he didn't think there was a charge for cups

"Cool" criminal or a big misunderstanding? It will be up to a judge to decide.

A New Jersey college student will head to court Monday to defend himself against accusations of being an ice thief.

Cedric Calero, 18, is accused of stealing a cup of ice from the cafeteria of Brookdale Community College in Middletown.

The college freshman tells the Asbury Park Press he bought some french fries and before he could ask for a cup to fill with ice, the cashier walked away. So Calero says he took a cup, put ice in it and sat at a table.

Shortly after, a manager was accusing him of theft.

According to the newspaper, the cost of a beverage in the cafeteria is $1.80.

Calero's parents fear the impact of these accusations could cost Calero, his reputation.

"I don't know why they would want to brand him a criminal when all he did was take a cup of ice," Sharon Jardine, Cedric's mom told the Asbury Park Press.

A court hearing will be held on Monday.

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