When we were kids, my parents would occasionally let me and my sister snag a few grapes without paying in the supermarket produce section.  I even remember a time or two when we would try to hide a cousin or friend under some blankets in the back seat of the car when we went to the drive-in.  And most of us can admit that we've brought a snack or two into the movie theatre to munch on...avoiding the somewhat ridiculous movie prices for a box of Sno-Caps.   It all seems pretty harmless, but in the end, someone is getting burned and some local businesses are fighting back. The other day I came across a story from News Channel 13 who interviewed a local farmer who owns and operates an apple orchard.  In order to offset costs of people hoarding apples from his family's farm, during apple picking season they not only charge a $5 cover to get into the orchard, but have the right to search your vehicle, and if caught, he told News Channel 13 that they'll post your license plate # on the 'Wall of Shame' inside the orchard store to make sure you aren't allowed back. How ya like them apples?  PS. I freaking love this guy....

His name is Jake Samascott a 4th generation farmer at Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook.  According to the report from News Channel 13, he's fed up with folks embezzling his Empires!