- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state casinos agency has reinstated the license of an ex-Cleveland casino employee fired for failing to pay for a $1.84 energy drink.

Last month’s decision by the Ohio Casino Control Commission came just days after a Cleveland appeals court told the commission to reconsider the case.

In 2012, the commission fired dealer Anthony Zingale (zin-GAH’-lee) from Cleveland’s downtown Horseshoe Casino after he bought a Red Bull drink while on break, paid for it, then apparently voided the sale.

The Eighth Ohio District Court of Appeals said the commission wrongly put the burden on Zingale to prove he was suitable to retain his license.

Commission spokeswoman Jessica Franks said Tuesday Zingale is now free to apply for jobs at any Ohio casino.

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