by self-scanning EVERYTHING as loose onions

UK: Former international hockey player stole £450 of groceries from Sainsbury’s

A 25-year-old former international hockey player has been found guilty of stealing up to £450 of groceries from Sainsbury’s by regularly self-scanning all the items in his basket as loose onions.

Nicholas Long, who now works as a City recruitment consultant, was given 180 hours community service and ordered to pay £250 after admitting using the scam 20 times over a three-month period earlier this year.

Long was eventually caught on 7 August when a security guard spotted him trying to use a self-service checkout to scan £22 worth of items as loose onions - something the store was not actually selling at the time.

He later admitted to repeatedly using the technique at Sainsbury’s stores in the past and confessed that it was fears about losing his job - as well as money worries over his girlfriend’s pregnancy and a £10,000 debt from his father’s failing business - that had driven him to theft.

Source: The Independer

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