Florida Man Tries to Trade Drugs for McDonald's

Alexander Lemke may have the hunger of the Hamburglar, but he's clearly got Grimace's smarts

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    The Hamburglar

    When faced with growing hunger and a limited budget, most people would find change in the couch cushions and buy a cheeseburger from McDonald's.

    But one Florida man tried to trade marijuana and prescription pills for a couple of burgers at the drive-thru, and now eats the unhappiest meal of all: jail food.

    Police say 20-year-old Alexander Lemke broke into a neighbor's house in Palm Harbor and stole a Toyota Solara Friday night.

    He then drove the car to McDonald's, where he took "lovin' it!" to a whole new level by trying to buy cheeseburgers with drugs.

    Lemke was arrested on the spot, and it got even worse for him than if he'd managed to actually consume food from McDonald's: police not only found a stolen car with a center console stuffed with illegal substances, but discovered he was driving on a suspended or revoked license and facing eight drug-related charges.

    The unfortunate would-be Hamburglar now sits in jail pending bail of $18,550 -- about $18,549 more than if he'd just walked to the store with some change in the first place.