Bloomberg
By Brooke Niemeyer/Credit.com
May 11, 2016

That’s one way to “eat mor chikin.”

A man in Texas allegedly stole credit cards to stock up on a near-unlimited supply of chicken nuggets and waffle fries, purchasing a total of $9,000 worth of Chick-fil-A gift cards over the span of two days.

Police in Austin, Texas, arrested David Ricketts, 26, on May 6 after employees called and reported a man they believed was using stolen credit cards.

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According to reports, Ricketts attempted to use multiple credit cards that day to buy about $2,000 worth of gift cards. Investigators also later found he’d purchased $7,000 in gift cards from the same restaurant two days before.

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So how much chicken would $9,000 buy at Chick-fil-A? Even if Ricketts were to purchase the large version of every item on the menu, plus each kid’s meal, he’d still have about $8,750 left to spend, or enough for 35 more visits making that same full menu purchase.

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Ricketts probably won’t get his Chick-fil-A fix any time soon, though. He is currently being held on a $15,000 bond and faces forgery and credit card abuse charges. After this incident, Chick-fil-A will require all customers to show ID if they want to purchase gift cards with a credit or debit card.

In today’s digital age, identity thieves don’t need a physical credit card to go shopping. That’s why it’s a good idea to check your credit card statements for anything strange — like gift certificate charges at Chick-fil-A.

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