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A MAGISTRATE has told a Pialba man with a history of shoplifting that he is either a compulsive thief or completely dishonest.

Adam James Harding was told off in no uncertain terms when he faced Magistrate John Smith in the Maryborough Magistrates Court

this week.

Harding had been charged with shoplifting after he was caught stealing earphones from Big W in Maryborough on September 25.

He took the earphones out of the packaging and put them in his pocket before leaving the store through the front entrance.

Mr Smith said Harding had an extensive history of similar offences and it was “unsatisfactory”.

“People are sick of this type of behaviour,” Mr Smith said.

“Why don't you get yourself a job and purchase things instead of stealing other people's property?”

Mr Smith said Harding would have been sentenced to a jail term if he had been charged with stealing rather than shoplifting.

Instead he was fined $450 and ordered to pay $23.95 compensation to Big W.



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