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Minnesota's Wally the Beer Man Found Not Guilty

By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on March 31, 2011 6:50 AM

A baseball game just isn't the same without a cold beer.

Or, in the case of Minnesota Twins fans, Wally the Beer Man screaming, "Cold Beer Here!"

The 76-year-old beer hawker, a fan favorite, has been freed. A jury last week found him not guilty of selling alcohol to a 19-year-old decoy.

Walter McNeil, affectionately known as Wally the Beer Man, was the victim of an underage alcohol sting last season, reports the Star Tribune. When approached by the decoy, he asked for the guy's age instead of checking an I.D. The evil baseball and beer hater lied and told Wally that he was 21.

Unfortunately for McNeil, selling alcohol to a minor is a prosecutable offense. Though it doesn't often come with jail time, it can result in large fines, loss of employment, and revocation of a business or liquor license.

And for those of you who go to baseball games and risk the livelihoods of men like Wally, think again. If you get caught, you'll be stuck with a nice fine, too. And you may be banned from the stadium forever.

Wally defended the charges by saying that, to get by, he had to employ his 41 years of judgment, reports the paper. How else was he expected to deal with 40,000 potentially drunk baseball fans?

In all seriousness, after being regaled with a closing argument that invoked the Constitution and founding fathers (Jefferson loved himself some beer), the jury found that Walter McNeil was entrapped by Minneapolis police.

Now, don't throw away your Free Wally t-shirts just yet.

While Walter McNeil is free of legal troubles, he may not be able to resume his role as Wally the Beer Man. There's no word yet as to whether he was rehired for next season.

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