A pregnant newlywed has spent the last two months in jail after opening a can of Pringles in a supermarket before she paid for them.
Kathleen McDonagh of Ireland was in a Tesco, where she picked up and opened a can of Pringles. She was on her way to the counter to pay for the snack when she was spotted by a Tesco worker and asked to leave. McDonagh was previously banned from Tesco for previous offenses, and the worker who spotted her knew she was not supposed to be in the store.
When she was asked to leave, McDonagh popped off the lid, peeled back the foil, and said:
“I opened it so you have to let me pay for it.”
Apparently, McDonagh’s previous offenses at Tesco include 14 convictions of theft and two for criminal damage. She has since been charged with another account of criminal damage. Due to her previous charges and the fact that the suspended sentences did not seem to do McDonagh any good, the judge sentenced her to four months.
Pregnant newlywed is jailed for two months for opening a tube of Pringles in Tesco https://t.co/qMFmZNYwod
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) November 29, 2018
Many people feel McDonagh’s punishment is ridiculous, considering that her offense was so minor.
[me as defense attorney]
Your honor, the can was popped and my client couldn't stop.
— Santa Awes is going to town! (@awescar) November 29, 2018
I do this all the time. Open food in store and eat it. As long as you keep the package and dont leave the store, it's not actually stealing.
— Jon (@JonRon84337798) November 29, 2018
Next a man will be jailed for sipping a fountain drink at a convenient store to reduce foam overflow before putting the cap on.
— Crimson Illusions (@TenebrousMoon) November 29, 2018
When is she due? Once you pop, you just cant stop! ????
— Ⓟⓐⓓⓓⓨ Ⓜ (@suicidemorrow) November 29, 2018
Um I would nvm do this shit BTW I'm just saying in this country rapists roam free yet someone goes to jail for opening Pringles.
— justin seagull (@DianeiishRandom) November 29, 2018
But many people agree with the judge and feel jail time was appropriate.
Im not saying she should be jailed but she had a string of prior convictions and she was previously barred from shoping there, which i think actually contributed to her jail time.
— Jean Paul Gaudet (@JeanPaulGaudet) November 29, 2018
And for violating a barring order.
— BeoirFinder (@BeoirFinder) November 29, 2018
I’m fine with it. I’m a retail manager. We had a habitual thief that we called the cops on and was banned. Finally one day the cops came in time to catch this degenerate and he spent 6 months in jail for stealing a pair of socks. And I have no sympathy.
— Robert Corozza (@thevoteis11_1) November 29, 2018
TIL a lot of people think being pregnant gives you a hall pass to be a criminal. "A judge at Cork District Court said McDonagh had 31 previous convictions and suspended sentences did not seem to work for her" And people are trying to act like she did nothing wrong lmfao.
— Curs3dfox (@curs3dfox) November 29, 2018
The proper headline is “serial shoplifter jailed trespassing after entering store she was banned from & refusing to leave.” The Pringle’s part is the least important part of this store. It’s a shame they are downplaying her previous record and total disregard for the law.
— sarah c (@heart_string_sc) November 29, 2018
Good! She’s a criminal and was trespassing. Well done
— word™ (@lewtapera) November 29, 2018
If she hadn't gone, & followed the rules, this wouldn't have happened. Pringles are everywhere. No excuse for walking into a place, knowing that you are not welcome. Seems like she was antagonistic, to begin with.
— James Lawrence (@Jemusurobato) November 29, 2018
Others found some humor in the situation.
— RJZTV (@RJZTV) November 29, 2018
The judge did suspend the last two months of McDonagh’s sentence.