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A Flight Attendant Allegedly Sold 1,500 Mini-Bottles of Stolen Booze on Craigslist

Her not-so-elaborate scheme allegedly consisted of slipping 50-milliliter bottles of rum, vodka, gin, and whiskey into her bag, then selling them for a dollar each on Craigslist.
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Who hasn't been tempted to steal a tiny tipple? Mini-bottles are so small and full of sweet, sweet booze—no one will notice and it's pretty much a victimless crime, right? Wrong.

One Tennessee flight attendant is finding out the hard way that just because your contraband is small doesn't make it invisible. While the life of a stewardess is hardly an easy one, especially where matters of alcohol are concerned, Rachel Trevor appears to have gotten a little greedy.

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The 28-year-old flight attendant was the target of an investigation by the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which suspected her of stealing 1,500 mini bottles from the Delta Air Lines planes she worked on, according to FOX13 Memphis. Trevor was arrested in November after selling her miniature contraband to undercover agents and has now been indicted on some pretty serious charges.

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Her not-so-elaborate scheme allegedly consisted of slipping 50-milliliter bottles of rum, vodka, gin, and whiskey into her bag, then selling them for a dollar each on Craigslist. While this racket was hardly on the order of a Ponzi scheme, the mini-bottles typically sell for eight dollars on planes, meaning that her employer was denied a potential $40,000 in sales.

In terms of formal criminal charges, that translates to theft of property over $10,000, unlawful sale of alcohol, unauthorized transportation of alcohol, and unauthorized storage of liquor for sale.

And while these charges may seem more fitting of the rowdy airplane passengers she's probably used to serving in those cramped airplane cabins, Rachel Trevor may soon be spending some time in a far more rowdy and confined space—prison.