‘In the BBC’s recent Poldark drama, Jim Carter, an unemployed tin miner, is caught poaching the local gentry’s rabbit to feed his hungry family. Despite pleas for clemency Jim is made an example of by the judge, sentenced to two years, and subsequently dies in jail, paying the ultimate penalty for a minor food theft.
Perhaps someone at the Hetton Road Tesco Express in Sunderland felt a similar urge to make an example when, after spotting people on CCTV sifting through out-of-date groceries at the back of the store in January, they picked up the phone to the police. Or maybe they were simply following company protocol. Either way, the resulting court case has turned out to be a spectacular own goal for Tesco.’
Street Democracy writes: This is a comment from the Guardian comments section:
‘Prosecutor Lee Poppett said the couple had raised suspicion after being seen on a Sunderland City Council CCTV camera in the secure compound behind the store at midnight.
They were in the process of removing a pallet of food stuffs from the compound when they were intercepted by police.’
(Sunderland Echo…under the heading ‘Freegan’ wife sold neighbour’s vacuum to buy drugs – and has 28 previous convictions for 60 crimes’. )
She was also dealt with for two offences of theft/shoplifting sentence having been deferred earlier on the basis that she stay out of trouble, and she was also in breach of a suspended sentence for wounding two years earlier.
COME ON Graun…if the Sunderland Echo can report it accurately I’m sure you could give it a go. This is shockingly lazy journalism which does you no credit. Leaving aside that this was ‘a pallet of foodstuffs’ rather than a couple of out-of-date sandwiches, how else would you want the Criminal Justice System to deal with a woman with 28 previous convictions for 60 offences-including, for God’s sake, wounding?! Oh, and she nicked (intercepted) a new vacuum cleaner being delivered to her neighbour and sold it to pay for drugs…or rather that’s what she admitted to police rather than endure the shame of telling them she needed the money to buy food. The impression you gave me (and intended to give) when I read this article was that of a decent couple reduced to rummaging in bins, and of the ‘monstous’ bastards at Tesco (who should sue you given the prominence you’ve given to them in the photo) and the police grinding them into the ground. Was it the ‘whole truth’? I think not-but why do I have to go to the Sunderland Echo to get it? Yesterdays nonsense about the Prince of Wales’ letters was at least debatable. This is shoddy rubbish.
Street Democracy writes:
The mind’s of how others choose to survive is of consequence of how society is governed.
We face a dreadful interval into our lives that can damage the human psyche for many, not all, some for some of the time, many all of the time.
To have no money is to have no power. Social exclusion is a heavy burden to carry when a crushing force of domination spears hatred at you from all angles.
Drug addiction, shoplifting, child neglect, debt and any other ill you can mention isn’t necessarily a reason of poverty, but blaming an individual for any of the above without full facts is again short-sighted.
We have innately decent people place themselves in disastrous situations.
Do we condemn without ever knowing the full story?
Heavily based sorrow drives some to escapism at great cost to themselves. To try to live an existence away from victimhood within our communities.
Our society is a culture of divisions, and the blame of hate towards some who are victims of an aggressive political stance who go to great lengths to heal themselves, even if it is against the law, needs addressing.
By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy