Shoplifting is driving up prices for customers - Judge

Shoplifting in retail outlets  like Kildare Village is driving up prices for innocent customers, a judge warned today. Judge Desmond Zaidan made his comments at Naas District Court where a woman appeared on offences of receiving stolen designer clothes from  the Juicy Couture store in the Kildare town attraction. The court heard that a hoodie and tracksuit bottoms worth €170 in total were taken from the exclusive premises in December last year. Judge Zaidan said that shoplifting or receiving stolen goods had a direct effect on consumers because it forced retailers to increase prices to protect their stock. He said to the court: "Offences like these have a knock-on effect for everybody else because stores have to pass on the cost of security to their prices." In another comment during the same case, the outspoken judge quipped: "The way the EU economy is going, we'll end up with the punt again."

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