“Lidl Cashier Steals £800 to Pay Off Sister’s Fake Loans”

Shan­non Mans­bridge, a 25-year-old Lidl work­er from Man­ches­ter in UK, has been ordered to pay back £829.87 after steal­ing from the till to pay off debts incurred by her sis­ter’s fraud­u­lent loans, a court heard.

Mans­bridge had void­ed receipts when giv­en cor­rect change to cov­er her tracks while swip­ing cash from the tills over a two-month peri­od last year.

She start­ed her job as a cashier in March 2020. Mans­bridge had inad­ver­tent­ly accrued two debts of around £800 and £1,500, respec­tive­ly, due to her sis­ter’s fraud­u­lent loans, accord­ing to her lawyer, Wajid Manzoor.

The court heard that Mans­bridge, who now has a new job, has been work­ing full-time to man­age and pay back the debts, along with her moth­er’s help. Her lawyer stat­ed that she now under­stood that steal­ing “was not the right way to pay off debt and that she told her for­mer employ­er that she was will­ing to pay the mon­ey back”.

Mans­bridge plead­ed guilty and was giv­en a 12-month com­mu­ni­ty order, includ­ing 40 hours of unpaid work.

Mans­bridge’s case high­lights the dan­gers of iden­ti­ty theft and the poten­tial con­se­quences of not mon­i­tor­ing per­son­al finances. Vic­tims of iden­ti­ty theft can be left with sig­nif­i­cant debt and can strug­gle to regain con­trol of their finances.

To avoid falling vic­tim to iden­ti­ty theft, indi­vid­u­als should mon­i­tor their cred­it reports reg­u­lar­ly for any sus­pi­cious activ­i­ty and report any unusu­al trans­ac­tions to their bank or finan­cial insti­tu­tion immediately.

Addi­tion­al­ly, indi­vid­u­als should keep per­son­al infor­ma­tion secure and not share it with oth­ers with­out ver­i­fy­ing their identity.

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