Fruitgate: The PS4 fruit fiasco

James Troughton keeps it light and zesty with this rather peculiar story.

James Troughton
18th February 2019
Image Credit: Flickr (Redfishingboat)

A nineteen-year-old man has been sentenced to four months in prison for stealing a PlayStation 4 from a chain supermarket in Montbeliard. He manipulated its self-checkout system via weighing the console as fruits and vegetables instead of scanning the PS4 barcode, ending up paying only €9.29.

After making €91 in profit from selling the PS4, he returned to the exact same store the next day to strike again. Using the exact same plan as before, he was then caught by the police.

He manipulated its self-checkout system via weighing the console as fruits and vegetables instead of scanning the PS4 barcode

His ultimate goal was to sell enough to get a train ticket to Nice, though now he’s behind bars. But who knows? With his special set of skills, perhaps his sentence will be shorter than expected…

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