Come to New Zealand and steal from The Warehouse. “Everyone is doing it”

A German backpacker has realised it’s not as easy to steal from The Warehouse as other travellers might let on.

Jakob Lennart Poit​, 22, said he decided to shoplift from The Warehouse after hearing stories of other tourists doing the same.

He thought if others could do it, he could too.

“But I can’t, obviously.”

Poit admitted a charge of shoplifting at the Blenheim District Court on Monday, representing himself.

A police summary of facts said he took several items, including a jacket, a pair of shoes and an energy drink about 1pm on April 29.

He put the items in his backpack and tried to leave the store without paying, but the alarm went off when he walked through the door.

Security stopped Poit who admitted stealing the items. He apologised and gave them back. They were worth about $190.48 in total.

He was a German backpacker travelling the country on a work visa, but had run out of money, he told the court.

Poit had hoped to find a job to pay for the rest of his travels, but struggled to find one, so he decided to steal supplies, he said.

He knew of other backpackers who had stolen items from The Warehouse, he said.

“I saw people doing this, or heard from people doing this, and I thought, ‘if anyone else can do it, and I need to do it, I could do it too’. But I can’t, obviously.”

Since being caught, he had spoken to his parents back in Germany, who had given him some money so he could continue his travels.

“I got some money so this will never happen again. And now I have a job, it will never happen again.

“Whatever punishment you think is fair, I do deserve it.”

Real contrition would be to pay for the stuff you took, not to take the money and “continue your travels”.

Hell, we can’t even deport a child abuser after two convictions, what chance do we have of deporting a shoplifter?

 

– Stuff


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