BRITONS who make a living selling stolen goods at car boot sales have demanded the government put them on a furlough scheme.
Before the lockdown, Wayne Hayes was making up to £348 per week selling generators, electric fence battery chargers and mountain bikes with the serial number filed off at school recreation grounds.
Hayes said: “The ban on car boots is particularly heartbreaking as I had just taken in stock from a building site, including a cement mixer which was very heavy to lift.
“Rishi Sunak’s all for handouts for some, but petty criminals who diligently spend every weekend loading a rusty Transit van with power tools and bootleg Steven Seagal DVDs then driving it to a field full of cash buyers are overlooked.
“It’s clear-cut bias. Also, do you know anyone who wants a pressure washer?”
Stephen Malley from Yeovil said: “Without car boot sales to sell at, years of hard work is going down the drain. My brand might never recover.
“Why not legalise any theft of less than a grand, and allow grassy areas outside council offices to be used as impromptu sales sites? Burglars vote too, Rishi.”