A police inspector based at Garda headquarters in Dublin has been charged with three public order offences after trying to buy a bag of jelly beans with the incorrect tender from a vending machine.
The officer was arrested by colleagues when staff at a fast-food outlet in Templemore, Co Tipperary, became alarmed at his behaviour and called out the local gardai.
The inspector was in Templemore for the weekend and paid a visit to the Abrakebabra restaurant in the town with his wife and brother-in-law.
He twice attempted to buy a packet of jelly beans from a vending machine but used a euro coin which was not acceptable currency in the machine.
After he failed to obtain the sweets or retrieve his money he became very upset, according to staff, and allegedly began shaking the machine.
From the Irish Independent