A 67-year-old retiree from Bad Oeynhausen in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, experienced an unpleasant surprise during a shopping trip to Aldi.
According to Neue Westfälische, the man had previously shopped at Penny and continued his shopping spree at Aldi. However, a mishap at Aldi turned out to be an expensive ordeal for him.
An expensive 'misunderstanding'
The man had two bottles of wine and a pack of cheese in his Penny shopping bag, which he had accidentally failed to pay for.
This oversight led to a predicament when Aldi employees discovered the items in his bag and confronted him. The situation was further complicated by the man's prior criminal record, which included shoplifting.
He was also on probation, having been sentenced to a 14-month suspended prison term in 2022 for fraud.
Initially, the man denied the allegations, but when faced with the threat of imprisonment, he eventually confessed. The Bad Oeynhausen District Court fined him 80 daily rates of $22.40 each, totaling $1,792.
The man's prior criminal record and current probation status made the situation more severe.