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UNF student-run paper taken from boxes around the campus

5:54 PM, Jul 9, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- UNF sophomore Connor Spielmaker works at the Spinnaker. 

Today he took us around the UNF campus, checking the 30 or so newspaper boxes the staff fills with Spinnaker newspapers.

All of them are surprisingly low in stock.

"We realized they're all empty," he said.

He says roughly 2700 of the newspapers were taken in one night, around June 13. 

"We don't lose that many papers in a week, let alone a night," he said.

So the hardworking staff filed a complaint with campus police.

They have surveillance footage of what appears to be two men grabbing a handful of papers from one box at The Fountains dormitory.

But the question remains -- if the two men in the pictures actually took 2700 copies of the paper, did they break any laws? 

Not according to the State Attorney. 

Jackie Barnard, the spokesperson for State Attorney Angela Corey said in a statement:

"The State Attorney's Office is aware of the incident. Due to the newspaper being free, the item has no value and therefore the State Attorney's Office cannot charge anyone with a crime."

However, Spielmaker said the Spinnaker is not 'free'.

"Each student gets one for free, any additional are 50 cents," he said.

On top of that, student fees go toward paying for the papers.

"That's why it's not free," Spielmaker said. "It's just a shame, it's students putting in effort, for other students, that students paid for."

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