While stealing nacho cheese may sound like the punchline to an old joke, a Chicago man learned Sunday it's actually no laughing matter.
Michael Richards, 50, is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail on robbery charges.
Prosecutors say Richards bought a bag of potato chips from the 7-Eleven store on the 1300 block of South Halsted, then began pumping nacho cheese — which he had not paid for — into the bag.
When the store clerk told him the cheese was for customers who bought it as part of a nacho tray, he allegedly pulled the man’s arm behind his back and threatened him.
Police arrested Richards Saturday a block away from the store.
When Judge James Brown asked, “So what was stolen was the cheese?,” The Chicago Sun-Times reports Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Dan Piwowarczyk kept an admirably straight face as he replied, “The defendant was informed that it was 'not yo’ cheese.'”