Another Sign Of The Times – Stealing To Eat

A conditional discharge has been imposed on a man who stole £21.59 worth of meat from Morrisons, Darlington.

Fred Patterson, 46, of Darlington, had been sanctioned, the court was told, leaving him with no money to buy food. That didn’t stop them telling him to pay a £15 victim surcharge – rather stupid, if he can’t afford food, and the store will no doubt throw away far more than £15 worth of food in the average day.

I suspect that we will  be seeing more and more cases like this in the future – the way things are going, I might well be one of them.

Source – Northern Echo 10 Feb 2014

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