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Sheriff: Man tried to haggle over price of Gummy Bears before head-butting 7-Eleven clerk

A man head-butted a 7-Eleven clerk after attempts to negotiate a lower price on a package of Gummy Bears failed, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies caught up to the suspect 2 days later and found him with a meth pipe, the sheriff's office said.

WHITE CITY, Ore. – A man head-butted a 7-Eleven clerk after attempts to negotiate a lower price on a package of Gummy Bears failed, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies caught up to the suspect 2 days later and found him with a meth pipe, the sheriff's office said.

The investigation started Thursday around 5 p.m.

Employees at the 7-Eleven at Antelope Road in White City called deputies to report an assault and shoplifting.

"Employees reported a customer tried to 'haggle' over the price of a package of gummy bears," the sheriff's office said in a report. "When he wasn’t satisfied with the employee's refusal to lower the price, the customer opened the package and began eating the candy."

That wasn't going to work, either.

"The employee told the customer to either pay for the candy or leave the store without it," according to the sheriff's office. "The customer began shouting profanities at the employee. He 'head-butted' the employee in the face and left the store on foot."

Using surveillance camera footage, deputies identified the suspect as 44-year-old Mark Eugene Shepard, described by the sheriff's office as "a White City-area transient."

Deputies caught up with Shepard early Saturday morning at a White City home.

"Shepard admitted to being involved in the incident at 7-Eleven," according to the sheriff's office. "When deputies took Shephard into custody, they located a pipe with methamphetamine residue on his person."

Deputies booked Shepard into the Jackson County Jail on charges of third degree robbery, fourth degree assault, harassment, third degree theft, second degree disorderly conduct, and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

He was released July 15 due to a lack of space at the jail, the sheriff's office said. Shepard is due in circuit court August 15 on the charges.

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