Dad's anger after Asda 'threat' over 21p apple

Gazette: Dougan Flack with his wife, Olena and Bilgin, 2. Dougan Flack with his wife, Olena and Bilgin, 2.

A DAD says his family was threatened with police action after his two-year-old son ate a 21p apple while shopping in Asda.

Doughan Flack and his family was shopping in the Turner Rise supermarket when his son, Bilgin, picked up the Granny Smith apple and began to eat it.

When they went to the checkout, they were told they would have to pay for the apple, which Mr Flack was happy to do.

But when he realised he had been charged for a larger Golden Delicious apple, worth 25p, he asked for a 4p refund, but says he was told by staff if he persisted is questioning them over the incident, the police would be called.

Mr Flack, 41, said: “It was unbelievable, we were all so shocked.

“My wife and the two children were terrified.”

The school teacher, of Morant Road, in Colchester, added: “I spend about £6,000 in Asda every year.

“I get all my groceries and all my petrol there, so it really adds up over the year.

“I really think they should have some common sense, it is a family store.

Mr Flack also said his wife, Olena, 34, was so worried the police were going to be called, she was shaking and could hardly speak.

“We won’t be going back there. They have lost a customer.”

The incident happened at about 11am on Thursday. 

An Asda spokesman said: “We understand while shopping with children it can be difficult to keep them entertained which is why we realise sometimes it’s nice to give them a healthy snack, such as an apple, on the way round the store.

“We support our colleagues to make the right decision and what we would ask customers is they’re prompted at the till, they understand that these products still need paying for.”

He also denied the family was threatened with police action, adding the shop assistant had said contacting the police was just one course of action available to staff. 

He added: “We apologise for any upset caused to Mr Flack and his family.”

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10:16am Tue 3 Sep 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Hilarious. Nice one Asda.

I'm not an expert but surely it's not classed as theft until you deliberately try to leave the store without paying?
Hilarious. Nice one Asda. I'm not an expert but surely it's not classed as theft until you deliberately try to leave the store without paying? Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 15

10:30am Tue 3 Sep 13

romantic says...

Good grief, is this really news? How do I get my tales of shopping at Sainsbury´s into the paper? We´re actually looking at a matter of 4p. Were they really "terrified"? Must really be a slow day out there!
Good grief, is this really news? How do I get my tales of shopping at Sainsbury´s into the paper? We´re actually looking at a matter of 4p. Were they really "terrified"? Must really be a slow day out there! romantic
  • Score: 26

10:34am Tue 3 Sep 13

setbuilder says...

This joker is in the paper for what amounts to 4p. Get a life! Your child ate an apple while in their store. It had to be paid for and you go to the papers for the sake of 4p! Gazette, why can't you report on something worthwhile for a change. And Mr Flack, I suggest you get a solicitor involved and sue Asda for millions. 4p...!
This joker is in the paper for what amounts to 4p. Get a life! Your child ate an apple while in their store. It had to be paid for and you go to the papers for the sake of 4p! Gazette, why can't you report on something worthwhile for a change. And Mr Flack, I suggest you get a solicitor involved and sue Asda for millions. 4p...! setbuilder
  • Score: 52

10:38am Tue 3 Sep 13

Feisty CBC says...

"He also denied the family was threatened with police action, adding the shop assistant had said contacting the police was just one course of action available to staff".

Errr I think you will find that's still a threat. It seems a little trivial going back for fourpence though. Next time I'm in Asda I'm heading straight for the beer and will crack open a can whilst I do my shopping.
"He also denied the family was threatened with police action, adding the shop assistant had said contacting the police was just one course of action available to staff". Errr I think you will find that's still a threat. It seems a little trivial going back for fourpence though. Next time I'm in Asda I'm heading straight for the beer and will crack open a can whilst I do my shopping. Feisty CBC
  • Score: 5

10:40am Tue 3 Sep 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

setbuilder wrote:
This joker is in the paper for what amounts to 4p. Get a life! Your child ate an apple while in their store. It had to be paid for and you go to the papers for the sake of 4p! Gazette, why can't you report on something worthwhile for a change. And Mr Flack, I suggest you get a solicitor involved and sue Asda for millions. 4p...!
To be fair Asda were pretty petty threatening to call the police.
[quote][p][bold]setbuilder[/bold] wrote: This joker is in the paper for what amounts to 4p. Get a life! Your child ate an apple while in their store. It had to be paid for and you go to the papers for the sake of 4p! Gazette, why can't you report on something worthwhile for a change. And Mr Flack, I suggest you get a solicitor involved and sue Asda for millions. 4p...![/p][/quote]To be fair Asda were pretty petty threatening to call the police. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: -22

10:41am Tue 3 Sep 13

hughie-s says...

As a school teacher I trust he has thought through the consequences, two x 2p or apple cores left on his desk, nicknamed "fourpence".....
As a school teacher I trust he has thought through the consequences, two x 2p or apple cores left on his desk, nicknamed "fourpence"..... hughie-s
  • Score: 15

10:58am Tue 3 Sep 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

A teacher should at least be able to control his own children, don't care how old the child is they should not be allowed to eat anything until it has been paid for.

We see this all the time and I bet not everyone owns up or pays for the food they've eaten while shopping, but to make such a fuss over 4p just shows how petty this guy really is. Glad he's not teaching any of my grandchildren.
A teacher should at least be able to control his own children, don't care how old the child is they should not be allowed to eat anything until it has been paid for. We see this all the time and I bet not everyone owns up or pays for the food they've eaten while shopping, but to make such a fuss over 4p just shows how petty this guy really is. Glad he's not teaching any of my grandchildren. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 71

11:07am Tue 3 Sep 13

Route88 says...

I think this is called 'grazing' and if you allow your kids to do this it is still theft. Goods remain the property of the store until they are paid for at the checkout. I imagine the phone call to the Gazette to report this non-story cost more than the 4p he was arguing about! All very trivial stuff.
I think this is called 'grazing' and if you allow your kids to do this it is still theft. Goods remain the property of the store until they are paid for at the checkout. I imagine the phone call to the Gazette to report this non-story cost more than the 4p he was arguing about! All very trivial stuff. Route88
  • Score: 49

11:18am Tue 3 Sep 13

irememberwhen says...

I feel sorry for the boy having to watch his father make a fool of himself. Those poor staff that had to deal with this without laughing. Has this family got nothing better to do in their 6 weeks holiday?
I feel sorry for the boy having to watch his father make a fool of himself. Those poor staff that had to deal with this without laughing. Has this family got nothing better to do in their 6 weeks holiday? irememberwhen
  • Score: 51

12:12pm Tue 3 Sep 13

dazzamputee24 says...

i like apples a lot
i like apples a lot dazzamputee24
  • Score: 27

12:32pm Tue 3 Sep 13

irememberwhen says...

We need to get to the core of this....or is he taking the pips!
We need to get to the core of this....or is he taking the pips! irememberwhen
  • Score: 16

12:36pm Tue 3 Sep 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Re-read this amazing story to absorb all the integuing details and have noticed the Granny Smith Apple cost 22p and they were charged for a Golden Delicious Apple priced at 25p. Shock/horror that's not 4p. When 1 went to school it would have only been 3p. Inflation works in very mysterious ways!
Re-read this amazing story to absorb all the integuing details and have noticed the Granny Smith Apple cost 22p and they were charged for a Golden Delicious Apple priced at 25p. Shock/horror that's not 4p. When 1 went to school it would have only been 3p. Inflation works in very mysterious ways! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 25

12:53pm Tue 3 Sep 13

DoodleJoeyBug says...

I try to go shopping without my nearly 5 year old and my nearly 2 year old however sometimes it is unavoidable and when I go I take them with me. However, they have never been allowed to eat food off the shelves before it has been paid for. I take snacks in tupperware tubs from home in my bag and if they get hungry (or bored) then they have snacks from the tubs which have been purchased previously. I've seen children eating the ends of french sticks, punnets of strawberries, bags of grapes and it really annoys me!
I try to go shopping without my nearly 5 year old and my nearly 2 year old however sometimes it is unavoidable and when I go I take them with me. However, they have never been allowed to eat food off the shelves before it has been paid for. I take snacks in tupperware tubs from home in my bag and if they get hungry (or bored) then they have snacks from the tubs which have been purchased previously. I've seen children eating the ends of french sticks, punnets of strawberries, bags of grapes and it really annoys me! DoodleJoeyBug
  • Score: 38

2:24pm Tue 3 Sep 13

Mr Honest says...

What a pathetic family. Asda will be glad to get rid of you. Stories like this are why I dont waste money buying the Gazette.
What a pathetic family. Asda will be glad to get rid of you. Stories like this are why I dont waste money buying the Gazette. Mr Honest
  • Score: 40

3:38pm Tue 3 Sep 13

acstua says...

common sense prevails, you'd hope.

also wasting CA work time... hmm....
common sense prevails, you'd hope. also wasting CA work time... hmm.... acstua
  • Score: 0

3:52pm Tue 3 Sep 13

zt00013 says...

He and his family were terrified and the fact he demanded a 4p refund makes the family sounds like absolute loons.
He and his family were terrified and the fact he demanded a 4p refund makes the family sounds like absolute loons. zt00013
  • Score: 29

4:22pm Tue 3 Sep 13

hughie-s says...

Route88 wrote:
I think this is called 'grazing' and if you allow your kids to do this it is still theft. Goods remain the property of the store until they are paid for at the checkout. I imagine the phone call to the Gazette to report this non-story cost more than the 4p he was arguing about! All very trivial stuff.
That's why I will not buy unwrapped cakes/bread from a supermarket. Staff have to follow strict hygiene rules, then they put on display for all and sundry to touch with their grubby hand. Why on earth in this H&S obsessed country is this allowed?
[quote][p][bold]Route88[/bold] wrote: I think this is called 'grazing' and if you allow your kids to do this it is still theft. Goods remain the property of the store until they are paid for at the checkout. I imagine the phone call to the Gazette to report this non-story cost more than the 4p he was arguing about! All very trivial stuff.[/p][/quote]That's why I will not buy unwrapped cakes/bread from a supermarket. Staff have to follow strict hygiene rules, then they put on display for all and sundry to touch with their grubby hand. Why on earth in this H&S obsessed country is this allowed? hughie-s
  • Score: 14

4:58pm Tue 3 Sep 13

justinhope says...

Try keeping your kids under control rather than having a go at the supermarket .... Jeremy Kyle wanabees
Try keeping your kids under control rather than having a go at the supermarket .... Jeremy Kyle wanabees justinhope
  • Score: 36

5:14pm Tue 3 Sep 13

HIF1907olympia says...

Feisty CBC wrote:
"He also denied the family was threatened with police action, adding the shop assistant had said contacting the police was just one course of action available to staff".

Errr I think you will find that's still a threat. It seems a little trivial going back for fourpence though. Next time I'm in Asda I'm heading straight for the beer and will crack open a can whilst I do my shopping.
Well let's hope you do and we can see how clever you are with a " theft by consumption" charge once you've been arrested! Grow up little boy!
[quote][p][bold]Feisty CBC[/bold] wrote: "He also denied the family was threatened with police action, adding the shop assistant had said contacting the police was just one course of action available to staff". Errr I think you will find that's still a threat. It seems a little trivial going back for fourpence though. Next time I'm in Asda I'm heading straight for the beer and will crack open a can whilst I do my shopping.[/p][/quote]Well let's hope you do and we can see how clever you are with a " theft by consumption" charge once you've been arrested! Grow up little boy! HIF1907olympia
  • Score: -10

7:38pm Tue 3 Sep 13

Taximan01 says...

Good job it wasn't an orange, they might have arrested him for taking the pith :0)
Good job it wasn't an orange, they might have arrested him for taking the pith :0) Taximan01
  • Score: 14

9:11pm Tue 3 Sep 13

tomtheDJ says...

feisty`s beer....
is alcohol sold in any super market sold as off site consumption,
as on site would require a publicans license....

not being a drinker hic I would`nt know..
feisty`s beer.... is alcohol sold in any super market sold as off site consumption, as on site would require a publicans license.... not being a drinker hic I would`nt know.. tomtheDJ
  • Score: -1

9:41pm Tue 3 Sep 13

Feisty CBC says...

tomtheDJ wrote:
feisty`s beer....
is alcohol sold in any super market sold as off site consumption,
as on site would require a publicans license....

not being a drinker hic I would`nt know..
LOL. Let's face it, it's a **** site cheaper than pub prices. Buy with a pack of frozen peas to chill for authenticity.
[quote][p][bold]tomtheDJ[/bold] wrote: feisty`s beer.... is alcohol sold in any super market sold as off site consumption, as on site would require a publicans license.... not being a drinker hic I would`nt know..[/p][/quote]LOL. Let's face it, it's a **** site cheaper than pub prices. Buy with a pack of frozen peas to chill for authenticity. Feisty CBC
  • Score: -1

10:08pm Tue 3 Sep 13

stewycaz says...

Was it 21p or 22p apple-the headline says differently. Either way, please pay this poor guy 5p for his fascinating story. How embarrassing that he needs to complain over this. Now excuse me while i pop to tesco; they owe me some change from £1 when I bought a 99p toy....
Was it 21p or 22p apple-the headline says differently. Either way, please pay this poor guy 5p for his fascinating story. How embarrassing that he needs to complain over this. Now excuse me while i pop to tesco; they owe me some change from £1 when I bought a 99p toy.... stewycaz
  • Score: 13

11:04pm Tue 3 Sep 13

André says...

"My wife and the two children were terrified.” I very much doubt that.
"My wife and the two children were terrified.” I very much doubt that. André
  • Score: 23

7:13am Wed 4 Sep 13

Latchingdon says...

justinhope wrote:
Try keeping your kids under control rather than having a go at the supermarket .... Jeremy Kyle wanabees
Here here!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]justinhope[/bold] wrote: Try keeping your kids under control rather than having a go at the supermarket .... Jeremy Kyle wanabees[/p][/quote]Here here!!!!!!!!! Latchingdon
  • Score: 16

8:43am Wed 4 Sep 13

common sense or not says...

What bothers me is that this man is described as "The school teacher, of Morant Road, " would you really want a man teaching your children who can't teach his own child to wait for something until it is paid for. If he was on a train without a ticket he would have paid a fare plus + an additional amount. As food that is partly consumed cannot always be easily identified by weight etc. why don't supermarkets say all food eaten before payment is charged at the most expensive price for its type + £1. That might make people stop children eating while they shop or plan ahead and take a snack with them. I am a mother and I do carry snacks and drinks with me when I go out.
What bothers me is that this man is described as "The school teacher, of Morant Road, " would you really want a man teaching your children who can't teach his own child to wait for something until it is paid for. If he was on a train without a ticket he would have paid a fare plus + an additional amount. As food that is partly consumed cannot always be easily identified by weight etc. why don't supermarkets say all food eaten before payment is charged at the most expensive price for its type + £1. That might make people stop children eating while they shop or plan ahead and take a snack with them. I am a mother and I do carry snacks and drinks with me when I go out. common sense or not
  • Score: 29

9:11am Wed 4 Sep 13

strawberry1 says...

Lol how pathetic, 4p... I worked in a supermarket not for asda and in most stores they have signs up asking for all products to be purchased and paid before consumption instore, and yes it's known as 'grazing' I will say though after workin on almost every dept in store the things pe
Lol how pathetic, 4p... I worked in a supermarket not for asda and in most stores they have signs up asking for all products to be purchased and paid before consumption instore, and yes it's known as 'grazing' I will say though after workin on almost every dept in store the things pe strawberry1
  • Score: 1

9:13am Wed 4 Sep 13

strawberry1 says...

Lol how pathetic, 4p... I worked in a supermarket not for asda tho, and in most stores they have signs up asking for all products to be purchased and paid before consumption instore, and yes it's known as 'grazing'. What a loser and tbh £6000 a year in supermarket is pretty minimal compared to how much others spend!
Lol how pathetic, 4p... I worked in a supermarket not for asda tho, and in most stores they have signs up asking for all products to be purchased and paid before consumption instore, and yes it's known as 'grazing'. What a loser and tbh £6000 a year in supermarket is pretty minimal compared to how much others spend! strawberry1
  • Score: 10

10:50am Wed 4 Sep 13

davidayton says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
Hilarious. Nice one Asda.

I'm not an expert but surely it's not classed as theft until you deliberately try to leave the store without paying?
Theft contains certain elements: Appropriation, property and bellonging to another. They did appropriate (assume the right of the owner) by eating the apple, the apple was property and it did belong to another. However its the mens rea of theft that was not satisfied as they did not have the internetion to permanently deprive the other of it as they did pay.

YOu do not have to actually take something to be theft. ANy assumption of the rights of the owner will satisfy the AR.

Also the fact the kid was like 2 years old he would also not have criminally liability.....

Not meaning to be like YOUR WRONG just thought I would inform and instruct on what the law actually is!
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: Hilarious. Nice one Asda. I'm not an expert but surely it's not classed as theft until you deliberately try to leave the store without paying?[/p][/quote]Theft contains certain elements: Appropriation, property and bellonging to another. They did appropriate (assume the right of the owner) by eating the apple, the apple was property and it did belong to another. However its the mens rea of theft that was not satisfied as they did not have the internetion to permanently deprive the other of it as they did pay. YOu do not have to actually take something to be theft. ANy assumption of the rights of the owner will satisfy the AR. Also the fact the kid was like 2 years old he would also not have criminally liability..... Not meaning to be like YOUR WRONG just thought I would inform and instruct on what the law actually is! davidayton
  • Score: -2

1:44pm Wed 4 Sep 13

tomtheDJ says...

Feisty CBC wrote:
tomtheDJ wrote: feisty`s beer.... is alcohol sold in any super market sold as off site consumption, as on site would require a publicans license.... not being a drinker hic I would`nt know..
LOL. Let's face it, it's a **** site cheaper than pub prices. Buy with a pack of frozen peas to chill for authenticity.
Oi Oi, feisty,
go get yer peas an chill Bro...

lol..

its been a long time since I sipped the devils brew :(
[quote][p][bold]Feisty CBC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tomtheDJ[/bold] wrote: feisty`s beer.... is alcohol sold in any super market sold as off site consumption, as on site would require a publicans license.... not being a drinker hic I would`nt know..[/p][/quote]LOL. Let's face it, it's a **** site cheaper than pub prices. Buy with a pack of frozen peas to chill for authenticity.[/p][/quote]Oi Oi, feisty, go get yer peas an chill Bro... lol.. its been a long time since I sipped the devils brew :( tomtheDJ
  • Score: -4

3:16pm Wed 4 Sep 13

The Mechanic says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
Hilarious. Nice one Asda.

I'm not an expert but surely it's not classed as theft until you deliberately try to leave the store without paying?
That is correct and you can eat as much as you like when walking around a store and nothing can be done about it apart from asking to be removed on the grounds of unlawful trespass. Or you can give it back by puking up but that can be classed as criminal damage.
If you eat a granny smith charged at 21p its 21p

you don't get charged 24p for a granny smith, if its the price of a golden delicious.
Asda is the pot calling the kettle noir....they leave there vans parked outside my home with the engine running doing deliveries in the area drivers door wide open while the sexy house wives are chatting them up...one of these days some kid is going to jump in one of those things and drive off....
then you will see how many apples they will loose...
Go to the back of Aldi in London Road they chuck away skips of them every week in the bins....
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: Hilarious. Nice one Asda. I'm not an expert but surely it's not classed as theft until you deliberately try to leave the store without paying?[/p][/quote]That is correct and you can eat as much as you like when walking around a store and nothing can be done about it apart from asking to be removed on the grounds of unlawful trespass. Or you can give it back by puking up but that can be classed as criminal damage. If you eat a granny smith charged at 21p its 21p you don't get charged 24p for a granny smith, if its the price of a golden delicious. Asda is the pot calling the kettle noir....they leave there vans parked outside my home with the engine running doing deliveries in the area drivers door wide open while the sexy house wives are chatting them up...one of these days some kid is going to jump in one of those things and drive off.... then you will see how many apples they will loose... Go to the back of Aldi in London Road they chuck away skips of them every week in the bins.... The Mechanic
  • Score: -8

4:16pm Wed 4 Sep 13

irememberwhen says...

You eat apples from ALDI bins? Loon.
You eat apples from ALDI bins? Loon. irememberwhen
  • Score: 1

9:05pm Wed 4 Sep 13

22EssexMale says...

To the Dad, you buy the food before paying for it. Why diddn't you take the apple off of your boy when you first saw him eating it? You're not setting a very good example.

It's 4p. You went to the local papers over 4pence? Plus you took this **** in allowing your son to eat the apple before actually paying for it..

What a pathetic argument and story. Grow up.
To the Dad, you buy the food before paying for it. Why diddn't you take the apple off of your boy when you first saw him eating it? You're not setting a very good example. It's 4p. You went to the local papers over 4pence? Plus you took this **** in allowing your son to eat the apple before actually paying for it.. What a pathetic argument and story. Grow up. 22EssexMale
  • Score: 13

10:16pm Wed 4 Sep 13

22EssexMale says...

He spends £6000 a year on shopping at Asda, which is the cheapest UK supermarket. I'd laugh if he now ends up spending like £6300 a year. £300 for 4p, lol
He spends £6000 a year on shopping at Asda, which is the cheapest UK supermarket. I'd laugh if he now ends up spending like £6300 a year. £300 for 4p, lol 22EssexMale
  • Score: 9

11:03pm Wed 4 Sep 13

shadylady says...

I wish I could spend just £6000 a year on food & petrol, but to go to the paper over 4p, glad my son is no longer in the education system with idiots like this what hope is there...it's 4p...GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wish I could spend just £6000 a year on food & petrol, but to go to the paper over 4p, glad my son is no longer in the education system with idiots like this what hope is there...it's 4p...GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!! shadylady
  • Score: 7

11:07pm Wed 4 Sep 13

shadylady says...

I also have to say how pathetic this idiotic teacher is when some poor young mother has lost her life, her 4 year old daughter has lost her mother, this child is now an orphan as I believe her father was killed in a motorcyle accident not long before she was born, count our blessings you SAD SAD man!!!!!!!!!!!!
I also have to say how pathetic this idiotic teacher is when some poor young mother has lost her life, her 4 year old daughter has lost her mother, this child is now an orphan as I believe her father was killed in a motorcyle accident not long before she was born, count our blessings you SAD SAD man!!!!!!!!!!!! shadylady
  • Score: -7

12:17am Thu 5 Sep 13

Boris says...

shadylady wrote:
I also have to say how pathetic this idiotic teacher is when some poor young mother has lost her life, her 4 year old daughter has lost her mother, this child is now an orphan as I believe her father was killed in a motorcyle accident not long before she was born, count our blessings you SAD SAD man!!!!!!!!!!!!
That sad story is nothing to do with this ridiculous little saga. I bet the teacher wishes he had never gone to the paper with his silly complaint, but he certainly didn't try to make out that it was as important as a murder.
[quote][p][bold]shadylady[/bold] wrote: I also have to say how pathetic this idiotic teacher is when some poor young mother has lost her life, her 4 year old daughter has lost her mother, this child is now an orphan as I believe her father was killed in a motorcyle accident not long before she was born, count our blessings you SAD SAD man!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]That sad story is nothing to do with this ridiculous little saga. I bet the teacher wishes he had never gone to the paper with his silly complaint, but he certainly didn't try to make out that it was as important as a murder. Boris
  • Score: 9

10:50am Thu 5 Sep 13

billygoatgruff says...

I was thinking maybe we could have a collection to help this family through what is obviously such a stressful time,I'm willing to kick start it with a cox pippins
I was thinking maybe we could have a collection to help this family through what is obviously such a stressful time,I'm willing to kick start it with a cox pippins billygoatgruff
  • Score: 13

12:52pm Thu 5 Sep 13

romantic says...

I expect this guy is seriously regretting contacting the paper about this now! In view of there being about a million more pressing issues just in Colchester, maybe Asda could give him an apple, he can put a bit of cash in a charity box, he can go back to Asda as normal (or maybe try a local greengrocer, even better).

I would like the Gazette to investigate the far more critical news that a lump of cheese has disappeared from my fridge overnight.
I expect this guy is seriously regretting contacting the paper about this now! In view of there being about a million more pressing issues just in Colchester, maybe Asda could give him an apple, he can put a bit of cash in a charity box, he can go back to Asda as normal (or maybe try a local greengrocer, even better). I would like the Gazette to investigate the far more critical news that a lump of cheese has disappeared from my fridge overnight. romantic
  • Score: 6

12:59am Fri 6 Sep 13

Boris says...

romantic wrote:
I expect this guy is seriously regretting contacting the paper about this now! In view of there being about a million more pressing issues just in Colchester, maybe Asda could give him an apple, he can put a bit of cash in a charity box, he can go back to Asda as normal (or maybe try a local greengrocer, even better).

I would like the Gazette to investigate the far more critical news that a lump of cheese has disappeared from my fridge overnight.
Do you really want journalists crawling all over your kitchen and the rest of your house, and interviewing your neighbours, in search of your wandering cheese?
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: I expect this guy is seriously regretting contacting the paper about this now! In view of there being about a million more pressing issues just in Colchester, maybe Asda could give him an apple, he can put a bit of cash in a charity box, he can go back to Asda as normal (or maybe try a local greengrocer, even better). I would like the Gazette to investigate the far more critical news that a lump of cheese has disappeared from my fridge overnight.[/p][/quote]Do you really want journalists crawling all over your kitchen and the rest of your house, and interviewing your neighbours, in search of your wandering cheese? Boris
  • Score: 5

3:51am Fri 6 Sep 13

HIF1907olympia says...

Sums up Colchester really! Too many criminals, feral kids, Jeremy Kyle type morons and foreigners around here! This story is proof standards and morals died long ago!
Sums up Colchester really! Too many criminals, feral kids, Jeremy Kyle type morons and foreigners around here! This story is proof standards and morals died long ago! HIF1907olympia
  • Score: 3

8:55am Fri 6 Sep 13

romantic says...

Boris wrote:
romantic wrote:
I expect this guy is seriously regretting contacting the paper about this now! In view of there being about a million more pressing issues just in Colchester, maybe Asda could give him an apple, he can put a bit of cash in a charity box, he can go back to Asda as normal (or maybe try a local greengrocer, even better).

I would like the Gazette to investigate the far more critical news that a lump of cheese has disappeared from my fridge overnight.
Do you really want journalists crawling all over your kitchen and the rest of your house, and interviewing your neighbours, in search of your wandering cheese?
Hmm, fair point! After exhaustive investigation myself, I have concluded that somebody else ate it.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: I expect this guy is seriously regretting contacting the paper about this now! In view of there being about a million more pressing issues just in Colchester, maybe Asda could give him an apple, he can put a bit of cash in a charity box, he can go back to Asda as normal (or maybe try a local greengrocer, even better). I would like the Gazette to investigate the far more critical news that a lump of cheese has disappeared from my fridge overnight.[/p][/quote]Do you really want journalists crawling all over your kitchen and the rest of your house, and interviewing your neighbours, in search of your wandering cheese?[/p][/quote]Hmm, fair point! After exhaustive investigation myself, I have concluded that somebody else ate it. romantic
  • Score: 1

9:23am Fri 6 Sep 13

LindaGB says...

What a palaver!!! The father should be TEACHING his child to wait until its paid for and then eat it, when he, the child, is OUT of the shop. Too many parents just seem to think its ok to give in to the child NO MATTER what the circumstances. Finally the parent should be watching the child CONSTANTLY.
What a palaver!!! The father should be TEACHING his child to wait until its paid for and then eat it, when he, the child, is OUT of the shop. Too many parents just seem to think its ok to give in to the child NO MATTER what the circumstances. Finally the parent should be watching the child CONSTANTLY. LindaGB
  • Score: 9

10:17am Fri 6 Sep 13

The Mechanic says...

HIF1907olympia wrote:
Sums up Colchester really! Too many criminals, feral kids, Jeremy Kyle type morons and foreigners around here! This story is proof standards and morals died long ago!
I am in agreement too with your comments the people you get on the site sum up the type and style of communication between the locals.
The internet encourages this type of faceless bullies, over talking and pontificating their wares on these networks.
Most points by the educated are given as a suggestion of actual fact.
Then you get the thick brigade who come on the site and start using their such eloquent terms and novel quip remarks.
Unfortunately this is Colchester but this is not dissimilar to the rest of the country. However we live here so we do not speak on behalf of them.
I would appreciate that the TOWIE Mouth brigade on this site stick to the facts.
Yes the School Teacher is silly for an issues over 4 pence and I am mean 4p. I gave away £200 to friends and family and Big Issue collectors last week I mean 4p???
My pension and income is a quarter of a teachers salary but 4p.
ASDA where in their rights to mention POLICE action simple.
The kid committed no offence until or if he left the store.
For once on this site, Lord Boris of Salcot- ****-Virley, displayed the infinite wisdom of a common sense answer to the subject matter in hand.
Please to the rest of you get a life if you have nothing better to say on the matter.
[quote][p][bold]HIF1907olympia[/bold] wrote: Sums up Colchester really! Too many criminals, feral kids, Jeremy Kyle type morons and foreigners around here! This story is proof standards and morals died long ago![/p][/quote]I am in agreement too with your comments the people you get on the site sum up the type and style of communication between the locals. The internet encourages this type of faceless bullies, over talking and pontificating their wares on these networks. Most points by the educated are given as a suggestion of actual fact. Then you get the thick brigade who come on the site and start using their such eloquent terms and novel quip remarks. Unfortunately this is Colchester but this is not dissimilar to the rest of the country. However we live here so we do not speak on behalf of them. I would appreciate that the TOWIE Mouth brigade on this site stick to the facts. Yes the School Teacher is silly for an issues over 4 pence and I am mean 4p. I gave away £200 to friends and family and Big Issue collectors last week I mean 4p??? My pension and income is a quarter of a teachers salary but 4p. ASDA where in their rights to mention POLICE action simple. The kid committed no offence until or if he left the store. For once on this site, Lord Boris of Salcot- ****-Virley, displayed the infinite wisdom of a common sense answer to the subject matter in hand. Please to the rest of you get a life if you have nothing better to say on the matter. The Mechanic
  • Score: 0

3:14pm Sat 7 Sep 13

mummy250271 says...

Mr Honest wrote:
What a pathetic family. Asda will be glad to get rid of you. Stories like this are why I dont waste money buying the Gazette.
Absolutely, Firstly don't let your son eat while you are shopping, it is stealing after all. Secondly, 4p jeez come on and get yourself a life.

Moral of the story if you had made your son wait 10 mins for his bloody apple then you wouldn't look so ridiculous now over 4p. if my husband complained over 40p let alone 4p I would be mortified.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Honest[/bold] wrote: What a pathetic family. Asda will be glad to get rid of you. Stories like this are why I dont waste money buying the Gazette.[/p][/quote]Absolutely, Firstly don't let your son eat while you are shopping, it is stealing after all. Secondly, 4p jeez come on and get yourself a life. Moral of the story if you had made your son wait 10 mins for his bloody apple then you wouldn't look so ridiculous now over 4p. if my husband complained over 40p let alone 4p I would be mortified. mummy250271
  • Score: 8

7:09pm Sun 8 Sep 13

JFFs brain says...

tomtheDJ wrote:
Feisty CBC wrote:
tomtheDJ wrote: feisty`s beer.... is alcohol sold in any super market sold as off site consumption, as on site would require a publicans license.... not being a drinker hic I would`nt know..
LOL. Let's face it, it's a **** site cheaper than pub prices. Buy with a pack of frozen peas to chill for authenticity.
Oi Oi, feisty,
go get yer peas an chill Bro...

lol..

its been a long time since I sipped the devils brew :(
Oy Oy says I.
[quote][p][bold]tomtheDJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Feisty CBC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tomtheDJ[/bold] wrote: feisty`s beer.... is alcohol sold in any super market sold as off site consumption, as on site would require a publicans license.... not being a drinker hic I would`nt know..[/p][/quote]LOL. Let's face it, it's a **** site cheaper than pub prices. Buy with a pack of frozen peas to chill for authenticity.[/p][/quote]Oi Oi, feisty, go get yer peas an chill Bro... lol.. its been a long time since I sipped the devils brew :([/p][/quote]Oy Oy says I. JFFs brain
  • Score: 0

12:13am Mon 9 Sep 13

ClactonObserver says...

The Mechanic wrote:
HIF1907olympia wrote:
Sums up Colchester really! Too many criminals, feral kids, Jeremy Kyle type morons and foreigners around here! This story is proof standards and morals died long ago!
I am in agreement too with your comments the people you get on the site sum up the type and style of communication between the locals.
The internet encourages this type of faceless bullies, over talking and pontificating their wares on these networks.
Most points by the educated are given as a suggestion of actual fact.
Then you get the thick brigade who come on the site and start using their such eloquent terms and novel quip remarks.
Unfortunately this is Colchester but this is not dissimilar to the rest of the country. However we live here so we do not speak on behalf of them.
I would appreciate that the TOWIE Mouth brigade on this site stick to the facts.
Yes the School Teacher is silly for an issues over 4 pence and I am mean 4p. I gave away £200 to friends and family and Big Issue collectors last week I mean 4p???
My pension and income is a quarter of a teachers salary but 4p.
ASDA where in their rights to mention POLICE action simple.
The kid committed no offence until or if he left the store.
For once on this site, Lord Boris of Salcot- ****-Virley, displayed the infinite wisdom of a common sense answer to the subject matter in hand.
Please to the rest of you get a life if you have nothing better to say on the matter.
Toff
[quote][p][bold]The Mechanic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HIF1907olympia[/bold] wrote: Sums up Colchester really! Too many criminals, feral kids, Jeremy Kyle type morons and foreigners around here! This story is proof standards and morals died long ago![/p][/quote]I am in agreement too with your comments the people you get on the site sum up the type and style of communication between the locals. The internet encourages this type of faceless bullies, over talking and pontificating their wares on these networks. Most points by the educated are given as a suggestion of actual fact. Then you get the thick brigade who come on the site and start using their such eloquent terms and novel quip remarks. Unfortunately this is Colchester but this is not dissimilar to the rest of the country. However we live here so we do not speak on behalf of them. I would appreciate that the TOWIE Mouth brigade on this site stick to the facts. Yes the School Teacher is silly for an issues over 4 pence and I am mean 4p. I gave away £200 to friends and family and Big Issue collectors last week I mean 4p??? My pension and income is a quarter of a teachers salary but 4p. ASDA where in their rights to mention POLICE action simple. The kid committed no offence until or if he left the store. For once on this site, Lord Boris of Salcot- ****-Virley, displayed the infinite wisdom of a common sense answer to the subject matter in hand. Please to the rest of you get a life if you have nothing better to say on the matter.[/p][/quote]Toff ClactonObserver
  • Score: -2

9:24am Mon 9 Sep 13

adafff says...

Asda has lost 1 customer. WOOWWW... Hope they won't go bankrupt now.. Such a loss of a precious customer. NOT
So stingy of him, arguing over 4p. Pathetic!
Asda has lost 1 customer. WOOWWW... Hope they won't go bankrupt now.. Such a loss of a precious customer. NOT So stingy of him, arguing over 4p. Pathetic! adafff
  • Score: 3

9:03am Sat 14 Sep 13

OMPITA [Intl] says...

davidayton wrote:
Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
Hilarious. Nice one Asda.

I'm not an expert but surely it's not classed as theft until you deliberately try to leave the store without paying?
Theft contains certain elements: Appropriation, property and bellonging to another. They did appropriate (assume the right of the owner) by eating the apple, the apple was property and it did belong to another. However its the mens rea of theft that was not satisfied as they did not have the internetion to permanently deprive the other of it as they did pay.

YOu do not have to actually take something to be theft. ANy assumption of the rights of the owner will satisfy the AR.

Also the fact the kid was like 2 years old he would also not have criminally liability.....

Not meaning to be like YOUR WRONG just thought I would inform and instruct on what the law actually is!
What a pity davidayton isn't so sharp on spelling as he is on the law.
[quote][p][bold]davidayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: Hilarious. Nice one Asda. I'm not an expert but surely it's not classed as theft until you deliberately try to leave the store without paying?[/p][/quote]Theft contains certain elements: Appropriation, property and bellonging to another. They did appropriate (assume the right of the owner) by eating the apple, the apple was property and it did belong to another. However its the mens rea of theft that was not satisfied as they did not have the internetion to permanently deprive the other of it as they did pay. YOu do not have to actually take something to be theft. ANy assumption of the rights of the owner will satisfy the AR. Also the fact the kid was like 2 years old he would also not have criminally liability..... Not meaning to be like YOUR WRONG just thought I would inform and instruct on what the law actually is![/p][/quote]What a pity davidayton isn't so sharp on spelling as he is on the law. OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 0

9:20am Sat 14 Sep 13

OMPITA [Intl] says...

We don't have this problem at Planet Zog.

The miscreants up here simply chuck the half eaten goods back on the shelf (well actually more often on the floor if the truth be known) before they get anywhere near the Check Out.

If you want a French Stick you go to the Bakery Department - if you want a French Stick with a couple of inches gnawed off one well salivated end you need only go to the Pharmacy Isle.
We don't have this problem at Planet Zog. The miscreants up here simply chuck the half eaten goods back on the shelf (well actually more often on the floor if the truth be known) before they get anywhere near the Check Out. If you want a French Stick you go to the Bakery Department - if you want a French Stick with a couple of inches gnawed off one well salivated end you need only go to the Pharmacy Isle. OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 1

10:29pm Thu 26 Sep 13

oOI Daza IOo says...

dazzamputee24 wrote:
i like apples a lot
i like apples too
[quote][p][bold]dazzamputee24[/bold] wrote: i like apples a lot[/p][/quote]i like apples too oOI Daza IOo
  • Score: 1

10:37pm Thu 26 Sep 13

oOI Daza IOo says...

HIF1907olympia wrote:
Feisty CBC wrote: "He also denied the family was threatened with police action, adding the shop assistant had said contacting the police was just one course of action available to staff". Errr I think you will find that's still a threat. It seems a little trivial going back for fourpence though. Next time I'm in Asda I'm heading straight for the beer and will crack open a can whilst I do my shopping.
Well let's hope you do and we can see how clever you are with a " theft by consumption" charge once you've been arrested! Grow up little boy!
You cannot be arrested for Thet by Consumption charge unless you have drunk or eaten and then left without paying. Whilst on the premises they cannot charge you. As long as you pay on the way out, there is no issue
[quote][p][bold]HIF1907olympia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Feisty CBC[/bold] wrote: "He also denied the family was threatened with police action, adding the shop assistant had said contacting the police was just one course of action available to staff". Errr I think you will find that's still a threat. It seems a little trivial going back for fourpence though. Next time I'm in Asda I'm heading straight for the beer and will crack open a can whilst I do my shopping.[/p][/quote]Well let's hope you do and we can see how clever you are with a " theft by consumption" charge once you've been arrested! Grow up little boy![/p][/quote]You cannot be arrested for Thet by Consumption charge unless you have drunk or eaten and then left without paying. Whilst on the premises they cannot charge you. As long as you pay on the way out, there is no issue oOI Daza IOo
  • Score: 0

10:44pm Thu 26 Sep 13

oOI Daza IOo says...

oOI Daza IOo wrote:
HIF1907olympia wrote:
Feisty CBC wrote: "He also denied the family was threatened with police action, adding the shop assistant had said contacting the police was just one course of action available to staff". Errr I think you will find that's still a threat. It seems a little trivial going back for fourpence though. Next time I'm in Asda I'm heading straight for the beer and will crack open a can whilst I do my shopping.
Well let's hope you do and we can see how clever you are with a " theft by consumption" charge once you've been arrested! Grow up little boy!
You cannot be arrested for Thet by Consumption charge unless you have drunk or eaten and then left without paying. Whilst on the premises they cannot charge you. As long as you pay on the way out, there is no issue
Theft* **** keyboard.
[quote][p][bold]oOI Daza IOo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HIF1907olympia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Feisty CBC[/bold] wrote: "He also denied the family was threatened with police action, adding the shop assistant had said contacting the police was just one course of action available to staff". Errr I think you will find that's still a threat. It seems a little trivial going back for fourpence though. Next time I'm in Asda I'm heading straight for the beer and will crack open a can whilst I do my shopping.[/p][/quote]Well let's hope you do and we can see how clever you are with a " theft by consumption" charge once you've been arrested! Grow up little boy![/p][/quote]You cannot be arrested for Thet by Consumption charge unless you have drunk or eaten and then left without paying. Whilst on the premises they cannot charge you. As long as you pay on the way out, there is no issue[/p][/quote]Theft* **** keyboard. oOI Daza IOo
  • Score: 0

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