Young mum fined for stealing children's shoes from charity shop in Worcester Park

Surrey Comet: The mother was fined £90 after stealing shoes worth £3. The mother was fined £90 after stealing shoes worth £3.

A mother who stole a £3 pair of shoes for her toddler has been fined £90.

The 21-year-old took the shoes from the FARA charity shop in Central Road, Worcester Park, on Friday, November 29.

Staff at the shop, which supports disadvantaged children in Romania, spotted the theft and called police who arrested the woman in the British Heart Foundation charity shop nearby.

The woman was arrested for theft and admitted the offence, telling police she took the shoes for her young son.

She was given a £90 fixed penalty notice.

The shoes have been returned to the shop.

 

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11:34am Tue 3 Dec 13

Forty_two says...

Is this what we've come to as a society?

Disgraceful.
Is this what we've come to as a society? Disgraceful. Forty_two

11:37am Tue 3 Dec 13

whysaythat says...

Theft is never right but how much did it cost tax payers? From arrest to sentence being passed would be costly. More of a sensible approach needed here in my opinion.
Theft is never right but how much did it cost tax payers? From arrest to sentence being passed would be costly. More of a sensible approach needed here in my opinion. whysaythat

11:37am Tue 3 Dec 13

edstar says...

this is very sad.
this is very sad. edstar

12:38pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Niki R says...

Calling the Police would be the last thing on my mind- perhaps asking her why she took them so they could help a young mum in their own community would have been a better approach. A heartbreaking story in every respect.
Calling the Police would be the last thing on my mind- perhaps asking her why she took them so they could help a young mum in their own community would have been a better approach. A heartbreaking story in every respect. Niki R

3:41pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Hove Ex-Pat says...

I would have said an official caution would have been more suitable, BUT, we do not know all the facts. Was this a first offence? We do not know.
I would have said an official caution would have been more suitable, BUT, we do not know all the facts. Was this a first offence? We do not know. Hove Ex-Pat

4:40pm Tue 3 Dec 13

cynical me says...

Niki R wrote:
Calling the Police would be the last thing on my mind- perhaps asking her why she took them so they could help a young mum in their own community would have been a better approach. A heartbreaking story in every respect.
Right....so your saying it's ok for people to go and steal?? theft is theft regardless of age race creed or circumstance...

pffffft......

Perhaps you would like to come over to my neighborhood and have tea and cake with some of the guys who have been going out stealing xmas presents to order...sea what thier/issue problem is etc..

Prehaps in the name of community you could persuade them to return the church to the lead roof and put the power cables back the stole

btw many of them also take there kiddies and prams when there out shoplifting as there great for stashing goodies under...
[quote][p][bold]Niki R[/bold] wrote: Calling the Police would be the last thing on my mind- perhaps asking her why she took them so they could help a young mum in their own community would have been a better approach. A heartbreaking story in every respect.[/p][/quote]Right....so your saying it's ok for people to go and steal?? theft is theft regardless of age race creed or circumstance... pffffft...... Perhaps you would like to come over to my neighborhood and have tea and cake with some of the guys who have been going out stealing xmas presents to order...sea what thier/issue problem is etc.. Prehaps in the name of community you could persuade them to return the church to the lead roof and put the power cables back the stole btw many of them also take there kiddies and prams when there out shoplifting as there great for stashing goodies under... cynical me

6:06pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Krissi says...

yes it is not right to steal- but had you thought maybe she could not afford to buy shoes for her child ? there are people nowadays going without food to pay for their gas and electric bills let alone putting shoes on their children's feet - and these are just the families in work, some pensioners have to make that same choice every winter and the energy companies couldn't care less- on benefit it's not much better as I have seen how much a family gets- and with the cost of living- it isn't much to cover the bills- nor any debt the family may already have before ending up there- the minimum wage doesn't cover the cost of living locally that I know having looked into it and if that was for more than the average two child family- I would hate to think- and there are more and more in this situation now
yes it is not right to steal- but had you thought maybe she could not afford to buy shoes for her child ? there are people nowadays going without food to pay for their gas and electric bills let alone putting shoes on their children's feet - and these are just the families in work, some pensioners have to make that same choice every winter and the energy companies couldn't care less- on benefit it's not much better as I have seen how much a family gets- and with the cost of living- it isn't much to cover the bills- nor any debt the family may already have before ending up there- the minimum wage doesn't cover the cost of living locally that I know having looked into it and if that was for more than the average two child family- I would hate to think- and there are more and more in this situation now Krissi

8:29am Wed 4 Dec 13

Jill Macdonald says...

Definitely won't be going into that Charity Shop and supporting their cause.
Definitely won't be going into that Charity Shop and supporting their cause. Jill Macdonald

12:41pm Wed 4 Dec 13

emelem says...

can't afford shoes for the child? don't have the child. birth control would have been cheaper....seriously doubt she was in high finance and then suddenly fell upon hard times...
can't afford shoes for the child? don't have the child. birth control would have been cheaper....seriously doubt she was in high finance and then suddenly fell upon hard times... emelem

12:41pm Wed 4 Dec 13

mikenm says...

A fixed penalty notice was probably cheapest in terms of the judicial system - no need to go to court for trial and sentencing etc. And probably also the minimum that could be given. It's also not a criminal conviction if accepted by the person, and can only be given for a first offence.

Certainly many people are in dire straits at the moment, but it doesn't excuse theft. As I don't know any of the background other than what's been reported, can't really comment on the circumstances.
A fixed penalty notice was probably cheapest in terms of the judicial system - no need to go to court for trial and sentencing etc. And probably also the minimum that could be given. It's also not a criminal conviction if accepted by the person, and can only be given for a first offence. Certainly many people are in dire straits at the moment, but it doesn't excuse theft. As I don't know any of the background other than what's been reported, can't really comment on the circumstances. mikenm

12:44pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Forty_two says...

Just to clarify, I'm not suggesting that theft of any kind is OK, just how very very sad it is that this poor lady found herself in this position, and felt the need to steal to provide such a basic necessity as a pair of shoes from a charity shop for her child.

The comments above about "not having the child" show an incredible lack of imagination. Ever heard of people's situations changing?
Just to clarify, I'm not suggesting that theft of any kind is OK, just how very very sad it is that this poor lady found herself in this position, and felt the need to steal to provide such a basic necessity as a pair of shoes from a charity shop for her child. The comments above about "not having the child" show an incredible lack of imagination. Ever heard of people's situations changing? Forty_two

1:25pm Wed 4 Dec 13

jayjay79 says...

This is so sad to read, why fine what seems to be a struggling young mum that just wants to put shoes on her child?? why call the police why issue a fine, why didnt the charity shop just sit her down with a cup of tea and come to an arrangement I.E voluntary work a few hours a week and in reward let her choose some bits for her kids?? Surely this would of been a better use of time, money and energy!! someone working in a charity shop surely must have an ounce of compassion for this??

This is an absolute joke!! i tell you what if the young mum posts on here i will gladley buy her kids some shoes!!!! please get ion touch if you see this....
This is so sad to read, why fine what seems to be a struggling young mum that just wants to put shoes on her child?? why call the police why issue a fine, why didnt the charity shop just sit her down with a cup of tea and come to an arrangement I.E voluntary work a few hours a week and in reward let her choose some bits for her kids?? Surely this would of been a better use of time, money and energy!! someone working in a charity shop surely must have an ounce of compassion for this?? This is an absolute joke!! i tell you what if the young mum posts on here i will gladley buy her kids some shoes!!!! please get ion touch if you see this.... jayjay79

1:29pm Wed 4 Dec 13

EwellMan says...

At the end of the day theft is theft should not be one rul for one and one for another howerver poor this person was. Where society has failed people like this is the fact this woman has had to turn to crime for a pair of shoes for her daughter.

I think we need clothes banks like food banks that allows people like this lady to get much needed items without having to resort to crime.
At the end of the day theft is theft should not be one rul for one and one for another howerver poor this person was. Where society has failed people like this is the fact this woman has had to turn to crime for a pair of shoes for her daughter. I think we need clothes banks like food banks that allows people like this lady to get much needed items without having to resort to crime. EwellMan

8:07pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Cullij1 says...

Theft is theft, but I would like to send this young mum shoes for her son. How can I do this?

How desperate must she be to try to steal a £3 per of shoes. How many people spend that on coffee each day?
Theft is theft, but I would like to send this young mum shoes for her son. How can I do this? How desperate must she be to try to steal a £3 per of shoes. How many people spend that on coffee each day? Cullij1

10:47pm Wed 4 Dec 13

jayjay79 says...

Cullij1 I am with you on this, i spend £3 a day on coffee on way to work.. but at least this young lady admitted it to the police straight away shame the stupid charity shop owner didn't take initiative,,, if i was the police i would of said "do you really want to spend at least a £1000 of tax payers money reporting this" so who is the real thief?? spending somewhere close to £1000 of tax payers money reporting a £3 fine when like i said before all it would of taken was a cup of tea and a chat and using some brain cells... if it were me i would of stopped her and said hey look volunterr here do 165 hours a week and i will let you have up to £20 a week in clothing for your children!!! come on compassion!!!!
Cullij1 I am with you on this, i spend £3 a day on coffee on way to work.. but at least this young lady admitted it to the police straight away shame the stupid charity shop owner didn't take initiative,,, if i was the police i would of said "do you really want to spend at least a £1000 of tax payers money reporting this" so who is the real thief?? spending somewhere close to £1000 of tax payers money reporting a £3 fine when like i said before all it would of taken was a cup of tea and a chat and using some brain cells... if it were me i would of stopped her and said hey look volunterr here do 165 hours a week and i will let you have up to £20 a week in clothing for your children!!! come on compassion!!!! jayjay79

10:54pm Wed 4 Dec 13

jayjay79 says...

i meant 16 not 165!!!! typo sorry :( xx
i meant 16 not 165!!!! typo sorry :( xx jayjay79

10:18am Thu 5 Dec 13

emelem says...

Forty_two wrote:
Just to clarify, I'm not suggesting that theft of any kind is OK, just how very very sad it is that this poor lady found herself in this position, and felt the need to steal to provide such a basic necessity as a pair of shoes from a charity shop for her child.

The comments above about "not having the child" show an incredible lack of imagination. Ever heard of people's situations changing?
Forty_two says...
The comments above about "not having the child" show an incredible lack of imagination. Ever heard of people's situations changing?

no, it shows an incredible amount of pragmatism. of course i've heard of people's situations changing, that's why i included my doubt about it.

if she really is that bad off, there are organizations she could have gone to for help, rather than just trying to steal.
[quote][p][bold]Forty_two[/bold] wrote: Just to clarify, I'm not suggesting that theft of any kind is OK, just how very very sad it is that this poor lady found herself in this position, and felt the need to steal to provide such a basic necessity as a pair of shoes from a charity shop for her child. The comments above about "not having the child" show an incredible lack of imagination. Ever heard of people's situations changing?[/p][/quote]Forty_two says... The comments above about "not having the child" show an incredible lack of imagination. Ever heard of people's situations changing? no, it shows an incredible amount of pragmatism. of course i've heard of people's situations changing, that's why i included my doubt about it. if she really is that bad off, there are organizations she could have gone to for help, rather than just trying to steal. emelem

10:49am Thu 5 Dec 13

Forty_two says...

@emelem - you really are full of the care and love of Christmas time aren't you?
@emelem - you really are full of the care and love of Christmas time aren't you? Forty_two

10:56am Thu 5 Dec 13

emelem says...

i am all year round, not just at christmas, like most others...
i am all year round, not just at christmas, like most others... emelem

10:58am Thu 5 Dec 13

jayjay79 says...

now now kids!! :) x
now now kids!! :) x jayjay79

11:09am Thu 5 Dec 13

emelem says...

i'm alright :D and in spock mode :)
i'm alright :D and in spock mode :) emelem

3:34pm Thu 5 Dec 13

rc1978 says...

Can't believe she is getting support!!!!! Bet she manages 3pound on herself a day!!!!!! Poor child is what I think
Can't believe she is getting support!!!!! Bet she manages 3pound on herself a day!!!!!! Poor child is what I think rc1978

6:35pm Thu 5 Dec 13

emelem says...

"defend the children of the poor and punish the wrongdoer"

just heard this on "eggheads"~
"defend the children of the poor and punish the wrongdoer" just heard this on "eggheads"~ emelem

3:19pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Abstract View says...

Never heard of anyone going to court for first offence. Mayby not the first time?
Never heard of anyone going to court for first offence. Mayby not the first time? Abstract View

4:44pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Abstract View wrote:
Never heard of anyone going to court for first offence. Mayby not the first time?
She did not go to court. The fixed penalty is applied by the police. but I still wonder why not a police caution. Must be a reason for that.
[quote][p][bold]Abstract View[/bold] wrote: Never heard of anyone going to court for first offence. Mayby not the first time?[/p][/quote]She did not go to court. The fixed penalty is applied by the police. but I still wonder why not a police caution. Must be a reason for that. Hove Ex-Pat

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