Ris­ing ex­penses no ex­cuse for shoplift­ing, Gympie pen­sioner told

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

GYMPIE mag­is­trate John Parker ex­pressed sym­pa­thy with pen­sion­ers whose in­come had not changed in re­sponse to ris­ing house­hold ex­penses.

But that did not ex­cuse shoplift­ing, he told a Curra woman, 60, when she ap­peared in Gympie Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day.

“I know it’s tough get­ting by on a pen­sion, but you know it’s wrong don’t you,” he said.

“Yes,” agreed Mar­garet Mary McA­dam af­ter she pleaded guilty to tak­ing, con­sum­ing or dam­ag­ing a range of items from a Gympie su­per­mar­ket.

They in­cluded in­stant cof­fee, a USB charger, chicken, cleaner, cho­co­late, toma­toes, a lamb roast and grapes she was seen eat­ing.

Mr Parker placed her on a $400 good be­hav­iour bond for six months and or­dered resti­tu­tion of $75.47, with no con­vic­tion recorded.

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