Woman jailed for two months after opening can of Pringles in a supermarket

Woman jailed for two months after opening can of Pringles in a supermarket
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A woman in Ireland has been jailed for two months for opening a NZ$2.50 packet of Pringles in a supermarket.

In 2016 Kathleen McDonagh, a 25-year old from the Cork, opened a packet of the crisps before paying them, reports the BBC.

She had been previously banned from the Tesco store, and reportedly opened the Pringles so the security officers - who were asking her to leave - would be forced to let her pay for them.

She "removed the foil top and she said, 'I opened it so you have to let me pay for it,'" Insp Ronan Kennelly told the court.

"It was not damaged and not fit for resale, with a loss of €1.50 (NZ$2.48). She said she wanted to buy the Pringles but she had no permission to be in the store."

The woman pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the item, and her lawyer argued for leniency as she was recently married and pregnant - but the judge was also told she had 14 previous theft convictions and two for causing criminal damage.

He labelled her deliberate actions "smart alec behaviour" that meant the item could no longer be sold, and sentenced her to four months in jail, with half of the sentence suspended.

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