Shop worker used card left be­hind by cus­tomer

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - STU­ART GREER

ASHOP as­sis­tant caught us­ing a cus­tomer’s bank card to buy scratch cards can barely leave her house be­cause of the shame, a court heard.

Julie Moores, 52, was work­ing as an as­sis­tant at the One Stop con­ve­nience store in Mac­cles­field when she used the card ac­ci­den­tally left be­hind by cus­tomer Kieran Grant.

She used the card to buy £60 worth of scratch cards.

Mr Grant even­tu­ally re­alised his mis­take and found his card had been used.

The man­ager of the shop dis­cov­ered the fraud by trawl­ing through CCTV when Mr Grant com­plained.

Moores, of Old Mill Lane, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted fraud by false rep­re­sen­ta­tion at Stock­port mag­is­trates’ court.

She was sen­tenced to a com­mu­nity or­der with 15 days re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity re­quire­ment.

She was fined £100 and or­dered to pay £60 com­pen­sa­tion.

But the court heard that Moores was so ashamed by her ac­tions that she barely leaves her house any­more.

Eileen Rogers, prose­cut­ing, said the in­ci­dent took place on Au­gust 17.

She said: “The de­fen­dant was work­ing as a shop as­sis­tant along­side her man­ager and an­other as­sis­tant.

“On that day a cus­tomer Kieran Grant used a con­tact­less Visa debit card to pur­chase goods.

“He left the shop and later re­alised the card was miss­ing.

“He called the shop and was told his card had been put some­where safe.

“He later checked with his bank and was told there had been two pay­ments at the store.

“The man­ager checked CCTV and saw the de­fend- ant tak­ing the card from out of the till and us­ing it on scratch cards which were placed in a diary by the till.”

Peter Cas­son, de­fend­ing, said Moores, who had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, was ashamed ac­tions.

He said: “She is strug­gling to come to terms with what she has done.

“It was op­por­tunis­tic and a breach of trust.

“She had worked at the of her store for a long time. She is known in the area and lives near the shop. It is very em­bar­rass­ing. She feels like every­one is talk­ing about her and look­ing at her. She doesn’t go out much any more and can barely leave the house.

“She is vol­un­teers at her church and helps an el­derly friend. There is a lot of good in this lady but she made a mas­sive er­ror of judge­ment and there is no go­ing back.”

Julie Moores

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