French Man Gets Four Months In Prison For Replacing PS4 Price Tag With $10 Fruit Sticker

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Sometimes, it is better to let dreams be dreams. A 19-year-old man from Nice, France learned that the hard way when he got the wild idea to take a PlayStation 4 off the shelf of a supermarket, walk to the fruit section, weigh it, print out a price tag sticker, put it on the box, and then buy the console for the price of a 3kg bag of produce.

French publication L’est Republicain reports that the young man, named Adel, was recently sentenced to four months in prison for pulling off The Great PlayStation Fruit Heist Of 2018 back in September.

Normally, he would’ve had to pay €340 ($543), but his produce-scented ruse brought the price down to €9 ($14). He used a self-checkout line, which probably helped him avoid employee scrutiny, and he went on to sell the partially purloined PlayStation for €100 ($159), in order to pay for a train ticket.

Adel tried to do the same thing again the next day, only to get caught by police. Late last week, he did not appear in court in Montbéliard, France and was sentenced to four months in prison. At this point, he probably wishes he’d just bought a banana.


    I used to have a roll of stickers for markdowns that I would use to buy cheaper meats from a certain big supermarket chain.

    Only every now and then and never to make a profit of something crazy like that.
    (Still extremely wrong I know)

      I know people think this is a victimless crime, but loss is always accounted for. Accountants don't just shrug and say 'so what if we made a bit less money? All good!'

      I've worked retail long enough to know the first place companies look to when shaving cost is labour. So if your store is making up the difference in theft, it's almost always translates to fewer shifts.

      You're not 'keeping it real,' or sticking it to Coles or Woollies, because their owners aren't the ones taking the hit on 'discounted' meat; they'll just squeeze their employees.

        While I stand with you in rebuking my actions, it's really a lot more complex than that in context.
        I would never recommend anyone be as shifty as I was but it was 10 years ago now and I can say with certainty that my little racket had no effect on anyone, I can guarantee it didn't even get marked as a theft either.
        I won't go in to specifics but it was no Italian Job, there was nothing being "kept real" what so ever, they actually still made a profit based on their own dicey conduct at the time.

        All I got was a "Ok" steak every few months when somebody was selling shit meat at higher prices in low income areas.
        I'm a lame Rob'n Od!

    I was going to say the sentence seemed a little harsh to me but if you skip your court date what do you expect, eh?

    Poor bastard seems a bit harsh but he brought it all on himself. Not to worry he’ll learn how to be a much better thief during his 4 months inside.

    Seemed like a clever guy, until I read that he only managed to sell it for a third of the price and went back to try it again! Definitely not Ocean's material lol

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