Would you pocket a £20 note you'd found?
How would you react if you found a £20 lying around? Keep it or try to return it to the owner? This is a subject that’s sparked intense debate online after it turned out a woman was charged with theft and brought to court! Turns out it’s bad news if you thought it was finders keepers!
It all began after a woman picked up a £20 she’d found on a newsagents’ floor. As the BBC reports, Nicole Bailey, 23, picked up the cash at a branch of One Stop close to where she lives in Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent, after it was dropped by a customer who withdrew it from a nearby cash point, police said.
The cash had been withdrawn beforehand by a fellow customer, who informed staff when he realised he had lost it and Bailey pleaded guilty at North Staffordshire Justice Centre after seeing CCTV evidence. The incident happened in August last year and the defence team had argued the case should have been dealt with through a police caution. However, Ms Bailey, of Highfield Drive, Blurton, has been ordered to pay £20 compensation, a £20 victim surcharge and £135 in court costs, and ended up with a criminal record!
Some have blasted the decision a waste of taxpayers’ money, while others say Ms Bailey was banged to rights. Staffordshire Police Chief Inspector Karen Stevenson is quoted as saying: “We would actively encourage any member of the public who picks up money that has been dropped to be honest and do the right thing by taking all reasonable steps to try and find the owner.”
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