Chinese grandmother is publicly shamed after ‘being caught stealing meat’

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A grandmother has been publicly shamed after allegedly being caught stealing meat from a supermarket in China.

The elderly woman had to sit outside the shop with a sign that read ‘thief, stole for the third time’ around her neck during the evening rush hour, according to a report.

The store claimed that the pensioner had agreed to be punished like this.

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A picture shows the woman sitting outside a supermarket in China with a sign around her neck

A picture shows the woman sitting outside a supermarket in China with a sign around her neck

The shop claimed she had tried to steal a bag of pork chops from it while buying groceries

The shop claimed she had tried to steal a bag of pork chops from it while buying groceries

The woman, who remains unidentified, was spotted sitting in front of a supermarket in Foshan, southern China’s Guangdong Province, at around 5pm last Friday, reported Guangdong Radio and Television Station.

She had been caught nicking a bag of pork chops on the same day, said the shop’s manager known by her surname Zhong.

Ms Zhong said the woman had come to the store to buy groceries, and secretly put the pork chops in her bag while paying for other items.

A member of staff noticed her action and chased her out of the premises.

Ms Zhong told reporters that the woman had stolen from her business twice before, and Friday was the first time She had decided to call the police.

The store's manager said the woman had been caught red-handed by one of her employees

She added that the suspect's family had refused to help her pay a penalty issued by police

The store’s manager said the woman had been caught red-handed by one of her employees

Ms Zhong (pictured), the store manager, said she had no way but to punish the woman like this

Ms Zhong (pictured), the store manager, said she had no way but to punish the woman like this

Police officers educated the suspect orally and issued a financial penalty to her family, according to the report, but her family refused to help her pay the bill.

The shop said it had no way but to punish the woman like this to warn the public against stealing. It insisted that the woman and her family had agreed to the matter.

The woman reportedly sat there with the sign for 10 minutes before being allowed to leave.

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