Cops Said Don't Worry About It, Now Woman Has Been Convicted Of Theft

Nicole Bailey, a 23-year-old woman from Stoke-on-Trent in the UK, didn’t think too much of pocketing the £20 note that she found on the ground, but it certainly sounds like she wishes she could go backwards and leave it there. As the BBC shares, the whole matter has turned into an embarrassing court case that has led her to feel as if her life has been "turned upside down.”

The woman was in a local One Stop shop when she noticed the note on the ground. She reached down and pocketed it, and didn’t pay it much mind as she went on about her day. That decision would come back to haunt her, as she was eventually called into the police station to answer for her actions. Despite the fact that police presented it to her as not a big deal, the case caught the attention of local media and spread like wildfire.

"The whole process has been very upsetting and I wanted it put behind me as soon as possible," she said.

CCTV footage of the incident would show that she took the money and made no attempt to find its original owner. That would lead to her having a day in court, and that £20 note ended up costing her £20 compensation, a £20 victim surcharge and £135 in court costs. As for why the case became such a big deal after the police presented it as something different to her, Chief Inspector Karen Stevenson from Stoke South local policing team offered up some insight.

“When individuals are interviewed voluntarily, they are offered the same rights as a person interviewed under caution. Anyone who declines this does so as their personal choice. In some specific circumstances, ordinarily, we can offer an out-of-court disposal if the person admits to the offense," Stevenson said.

In short, money found in public is never really found money, as there’s a good chance it belongs to somebody else.

Source: BBC
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