Michael Campbell, a night shift technical support worker in Newcastle, helped himself to some Marks & Spencer selection biscuits he found in the office. He claimed that he thought they were for communal use.
However, the biscuits worth around £7, belonged to co-worker Pamela Harrison, who was upset when she saw her shortbreads had gone.
Closed circuit tv footage showed Campbell taking the biscuits. He was arrested and ordered by Newcastle magistrates to repay the cost of the biscuits plus £150 court costs. He was also given a 12-month conditional discharge.
He had denied the theft but later changed his plea.
Chairman of the bench Lesley Pyrah told him: ‘What you did was a breach of trust and there is no excuse for a breach of trust. There is also no excuse for a late guilty plea when you could have pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and you didn’t.’
Campbell, who is training to be a bar manager, described the prosecution as ‘totally stupid’. He added: ‘£157 for one box of biscuits. I thought they were from the company but they were actually from a person who had brought them in. I work in a pub now where I am trusted with the keys. I am not a dishonest person.’<< Archive
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