Karma: Miscreants pay for their sins by supporting a noble cause

2012-10-24 00:00

ONE of the intern doctors who was caught on camera stealing part of a cancer awareness display reported to Cascades Mall yesterday to pay for his sins.

Intern Nick Lerm (26) was accompanied by colleague and house-mate Emile King (25), who was not involved in the “crime”, but volunteered his services because the second doctor was on duty and unable to be at the mall.

The absent intern, who asked not to be named, told The Witness that he had excused himself and sent an apology to the centre for his part in the incident.

This was confirmed by Michelle Stahlhut, of the PR and marketing department at Cascades.

An enthusiastic Lerm took part in his punishment — wearing a T-shirt reading “I have been busted” and collecting money for breast cancer awareness — and had fun doing it.

“We decided we were going to make the best of it, so we made these cans,” Lerm said as they showed The Witness their collection cans, which were shaped like breasts.

Lerm said they raised R212,50 and were keen to raise more funds for the cause. They were planning to hold a subsequent fundraising event at the mall that included all their intern colleagues.

They had “stolen” the breast cancer awareness ribbon — made from pink balloons — on Monday last week as they thought it would make a “nice” theme for a party they were having.

“I was happy to take part even though I wasn’t involved. We wanted to prove that the interns in Pietermaritzburg are not thieves,” said King, of Cape Town.

Stahlhut said she was very happy with how the day had gone.

“They’ve been really awesome,” she said, adding “We need to highlight breast cancer awareness in Pietermaritzburg. The Cancer Association needs all the help it can get.”

Stahlhut said the pair had received mixed reactions from shoppers at the mall.

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