Texas shoplifter caught thanks to ‘I pooped today’ t-shirt he wore to go stealing

Jimmy McCloskey of Metro UK reported in July a shoplifter was caught thanks to a distinctive t-shirt emblazoned with the phrase ‘I pooped today’ he wore on his stealing expeditions.

We had fun with our Don’t Eat Poop T-shirts after the 2006 E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in spinach and sales, which went to support our food safety news gathering and distribution activities, went on for years. Extremely popular with public health inspectors.

John Hunt admitted shoplifting from a Walmart in Wichita Falls, Texas, after police posted surveillance grabs of him stealing, with the vulgar t-shirt prompting one cop to recognize Hunt.

Hunt wore the memorable shirt and chatted to store workers while his alleged accomplice Kevin LaPointe began to steal. Afterwards, staff flagged up the distinctive item of clothing to police, with one cop immediately recognizing it on seeing images from another shop that Hunt had targeted.

Hunt was jailed for nine months Friday for stealing twice from a Walmart store – with his booty including two home security systems worth $600 – as well as theft of electricity from a meter. His guilty plea saw two further shoplifting charges against him dismissed. He has a lengthy list of previous arrests spanning back to 2014 for charges including assault, theft and driving without a seat belt.

German shoplifters hide food in pants at NZ Pak ‘n Save

The most revealing aspect of this story is that Germans wear pants. I picture German tourists in nothing but Speedos stuffed with stolen food.

speedo.german.touristYet three German tourists have been caught putting grocery items down their pants in the latest case of foreign shoplifters in Blenheim.

Felix Kopmann, 18, Lukas Harald Kolb, 19, and Jonas Roth, 20, admitted shoplifting at the Blenheim District Court on Monday.

The trio were from Germany and in New Zealand on a working holiday.

A police summary of facts said they went to Pak ‘n Save Blenheim three times in two weeks to steal food.

Each time, they placed grocery items down their pants and left the store without paying.

They stole between $20 and $60 worth of groceries each time, from February 15 to 28.

Kopmann returned to Pak ‘n Save by himself a fourth time on February 27 about 6.30pm, taking a chocolate bar and a snack bar.


UK celebrity chef arrested for stealing cheese

Things have gone from bad to worse for British celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson, who was arrested after shoplifting cheese and wine at a Tesco grocery store.

The Courier Mail reports that Worrall Thompson, 60, was arrested in front of astonished customers after five shoplifting episodes in just 16 days.

Suspicious staff filmed the chef on a secret camera in the store’s self-service checkout area, where shoppers scan barcodes on their purchases and pay using machines.

The recession-hit star is said to have put some items under the scanner but sneaked others into bags without paying for them. Guards stopped him from leaving the supermarket and checked his bags after he was filmed last Friday – then called police.

Sources said the stolen goods were "relatively low value" but included cheeses and bottles of wine.

Worrall Thompson tasted success as he launched a string of top eateries – and soared to TV fame in the 1990s. But the recession hit his restaurant business, and he recently moved out of his $2.5 million mansion.

Worrall Thompson has shown up in barfblog.com before. He was a signatory to a open letter calling on the British public to ask where their food comes from (free from the grocery store?), he published a recipe in Healthy & Organic Living that included a toxic plant as an ingredient, and has run afoul of public health types for using paving stones as a kitchen counter at a public BBQ.

Is that a lobster in your pants or are you just happy to see me – Mississippi edition

 A man in southern Mississippi is accused of trying to walk out of a D’Iberville grocery store without paying for food items he’d stuffed into his cargo shorts including live lobsters.

Police Chief Wayne Payne says a 35-year-old man was arrested Saturday after allegedly being caught stuffing food into his cargo shorts — two bags of jumbo shrimp, a pork loin and two live lobsters.

Payne says Hardy, of Biloxi, tried to escape by throwing the pork loin at employees at the local Winn Dixie but fell while running away. He was arrested at the scene.