One of the most compelling facts about the book and subsequent filmDrugstore Cowboy (and one that no doubt a lot of casual fans might not know) is that its author, James Fogle--like the characters he illustrates--is a habitual criminal. He was back when the film adaptation of his book came out, and he is now.
The Seattle Timesreports today that Fogle, now 73, has pleaded guilty to robbing the Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in Redmond in May of last year.
The incident involved Fogle and another man who walked into the drugstore armed with a handgun and a BB gun, then tied up several employees and filled trash bags with drugs.
One employee, however, managed to trip the silent alarm and also alerted a passerby that the joint was being robbed. So when Fogle and his cohort exited the store, they were met by police with guns drawn.
The scene might as well be ripped directly from the pages of Fogle's book, which follows the exploits of a group of addicts who roam around the Pacific Northwest knocking off drugstores.
Usually, however, the story's characters were a bit more creative with their approach than simple strong-arm tactics.
Fogle has already spent most of his life serving time for exploits not unlike the most recent one. Maybe his jail stint will lead to a few new chapters.