THEFT does not count as a crime if it involves a self-service checkout, a woman firmly believes.
Susan Traherne, aged 35, knows full well that taking goods without payment is illegal and morally wrong, unless it happens at a self-service checkout when it could just as easily be human error.
She continued: “I’m hardly a shoplifter. They stick frozen turkeys down their jogging pants and get led away by security. I’m just unpracticed at scanning barcodes and miss a few.
“Honestly, if you’re at the self-service, doing all the hard work you should be earning minimum wage for, it’s just a little treat. A shopping bonus, if you will.
“You deserve a small chocolate bar or some button mushrooms or a widescreen telly for the arm-ache of swiping them. I get into a little rhythm of two for them, one for me, so that’s hardly unfair.
“Everyone does it, so it’s not a crime. What do they expect from me? Honesty?”
A Tesco spokesman said: “Still cheaper than paying staff.”