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"Don't take my mum away - who's gonna look after me?", five year old appeals for shoplifting parent

 

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Caption: She needed to steal for her children. Off to the workhouse!

 

A five year old girl begged the police in Samrong, south east of Bangkok, not to take her mother into custody after they went on a shoplifting trip. 

 

The mother, aged 35 from Sisaket, was stopped by security at Imperial World department store. 

 

She had baby milk formula, school shoes and other items worth a total of 8,000 baht. 

 

She told Samrong Neua police that she had four children aged 12,7, 5 and just over a year. 

 

The baby needed milk but she had no money. The shoes were for her five year old as her pair were broken.

 

Her husband had lost his job as a security guard at Suvarnabhumi airport and selling moo ping and chicken on a stick was not enough to keep the family alive. 

 

The police arranged for the little girl to be taken away by the sister of the husband.

 

She said: "Don't arrest my mummy - who is going to look after me?"

 

The shoplifter was charged with theft during the hours of darkness and detained. 

 

Source: Sanook

 

 

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2 hours ago, Henrik Andersen said:

Sad story in real life and no help from government 

and the same time people feed soi dogs 

what is the world coming to... 

And also at the same time people comment about others feeding soi dogs! At least those feeding soi dogs are actually doing something to help instead of just being a keyboard warrior. 

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I can understand that the store can't let people steal from them and go unpunished. Deterrents must be imposed, but I hope those administering any punishment will strongly consider that she was obviously desperate and taking the things to provide for her children. 

 

As for the extra weight a night time crime carries, that shouldn't even be brought into the picture. Obviously, in a store, it make no difference what time of day it is. It's not like she was prowling around on somebody's property. 

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I can understand that the store can't let people steal from them and go unpunished. Deterrents must be imposed, but I hope those administering any punishment will strongly consider that she was obviously desperate and taking the things to provide for her children. 
 
As for the extra weight a night time crime carries, that shouldn't even be brought into the picture. Obviously, in a store, it make no difference what time of day it is. It's not like she was prowling around on somebody's property. 


I agree about the night time issue... I think IF the fact that it was night in any way facilitated or impacted the crime - like improving the odds of evading detection or apprehension due to darkness- THEN i think there’s merit to an additional charge.... but if the fact it was night had ZERO impact on the crime, then I think the charge really should not apply.





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I see folks  complaining  here about "nanny states" and the like all the time. Hey, a little help vis a vis "unemployment benefit" might be a helpful, humane alternative.

Maybe all the temple donations could be used in part to help a mom with hungry kids. I think "merit" could be a two way street. A little less gold leaf and a little more of Buddha's compassion.

But hey, I know. These are "socialist" ideas, no matter what Buddha and Jesus said.

 

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