Surely one of the perks of working at a deli is the free meat? Apparently not.
An unidentified woman working at a store in Ohio is staring down the barrel of some pretty serious criminal charges – specifically, felony theft – standing accused of stealing US$9200 (around AUS$13,000) worth of deli meat.
But if you think that’s a crazy amount of meat to knock off in one go, you’d be right.
Rather, the woman is accused of having pinched the odd piece of ham or salami – estimated at between three and five slices – every shift that she’s worked at the store over the eight years of her employment.
The store’s loss prevention manager did the sums of that much meat over the eight-year period to come up with the whopping figure, which is a large enough dollar sum to see the woman cop the hectic criminal charges.
“She was very cooperative,” Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Hale said.
Well, yeah, you would be cooperative – felony theft means this woman is potentially facing serious time behind bars because she was a bit peckish on the job.
In fact, according to the article, ‘Ohio petty theft and other theft laws’ by David Goguen, J.D., “When the value of property or services stolen is more than $7500, but less than $150,000, or the property is a motor vehicle or any dangerous drug, a theft offense in Ohio constitutes grand theft, a felony of the fourth degree.
“The punishment for a felony of the fourth degree in Ohio is a prison term ranging from six months to 18 months and a fine of not more than $5000.”
By comparison, if the loss prevention manager had come up with the cost of the meat as being less than $7500, the woman would be looking at between six and 12 months and a fine of no more than $2500.
Ouch. All that punishment for snacking during work hours? Hope that ham was at least the organic, free-range variety!