German man gets big fine for cheating at self-service till

Shopping. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)
Shopping. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

Berlin - A German man has been fined €208 000 ($258 000) for cheating at a supermarket self-service till.

Munich's district court convicted the 58-year-old businessman of theft for trying to pass off €47 worth of veal liver as cheaper fruit.

The man, who wasn't identified, had done the same thing three times before and also had past convictions for theft and tax evasion.

The court based the high fine on the man's monthly income of €24 000. He was released from jail, where he had been held since the theft in December.

Munich court spokesperson Klaus-Peter Juengst said on Tuesday that the defendant didn't appeal the verdict, which was issued during January.

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