Man arrested after calling 911 for 1-cent beer overcharge

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

It cost Danny Smith more than a penny to express his thoughts after buying a beer at a Memphis store.

The Commercial Appeal reported that police arrested Smith, 51, after he called 911 twice on Monday, then called a non-emergency number after being dissatisfied. His complaint: The clerk at the store over charged him by a penny.

The calls started just after 4 p.m. after Smith bought a 16-ounce Heineken.

Web site has a copy of the arrest report.

The store clerk refused to hand over the penny Smith demanded, so he called 911. Police arrived and told Smith it was a civil matter.

After the third call to police in his quest for a penny, officers arrested Smith.

Bonding out of jail cost him $250. Jail records did not list an attorney for Smith.