Oh woe, no dough by raistlin

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Most Magistrates' Courts have, shall we say, regular clients :)One of ours is a woman of 24 who is an inveterate shop lifter. Never any trouble, always pleads guilty but never has any money to pay fines. Apparently, on a very limited income from benefits and with the added disadvantage of four young children (we've been told).

Last time she was in my Court we threatened her with a full means enquiry as her means form was so clearly a pack of lies, which elicited an immediate and slightly more realistic indication as to her finances.

I was in Sainsbury's today waiting in the queue to pay for my newspaper and this particular woman was in front of me, and I watched in disbelief as she bought £60 worth of lottery tickets and scratch cards.

On turning away from the till she saw, and more importantly, recognised me. I never said a word but I think she suspects what might happen next time she appears before me in Court... and, going by experience, it won't be long :D

Cogito ergo sum... maybe?

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Posted 14 May 2011, 14:58 #1 

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Could it be an underlying gambling problem that brings her so regularly to your court?
No doubt she will not be offered time to pay next time around. :lol:

Posted 14 May 2011, 15:04 #2 

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Well.....I think she is doing her very best to put herself in a position where she need not shoplift....once she has her big win of course....:D

Posted 14 May 2011, 15:42 #3