Wave of hipster shoplifting hits New Zealand as backpackers help themselves with hummus, kombucha and chia seeds because & # 39; food is too expensive & # 39;
- Present day Raffen, 21, and Jenna Cammish, 25, visited New Zealand on work visas
- They established eight stores in Blenheim, the top of the northern island, eight times
- They pleaded guilty to seven shoplifters and were fined $ 200 for each
A few hipster tourists who visited New Zealand on work and vacation maima have stepped into shoplifting, visited various stores, and stole luxury food items.
The French Present Raffen, 21, and the British national Jenna Cammish, 25, steel items such as hummus, kombucha, chia seeds and pate.
They focused on eight supermarkets in Blenheim, on the northern island of the country, because & # 39; food is too expensive & # 39 ;.
The couple pleaded guilty to seven shoplifting allegations at the Nelson District Court on Tuesday and were ordered to pay a $ 200 fine for each charge.
The French Present Raffen, 21 and the British national Jenna Cammish, 25, steel items such as hummus, kombucha, chia seeds and pâté (stock photo)
Raffen and Cammish loaded a cart with regular groceries, while secretly putting other things in a different bag.
They initially stole $ 16 worth of items from the bulk bins in the New World supermarket in Blenheim.
The couple continued to steal groceries from seven different stores, but were caught by store security at the eighth.
They were found with $ 76 in organic kombucha, cocoa and chia seeds.
More than $ 200 in luxury groceries were stolen between January 13 and 24.
They set up two supermarkets on eight different occasions in Blenheim, the top of the northern island, because & # 39; food is too expensive & # 39; (Pictured, New World in Blenheim)
Raffen & # 39; s lawyer argued that he had stolen the property because he was desperate when he moved to Blenheim without money and had not been paid since he was working in a vineyard.
& # 39; If that were true, the items you created would have had a different character. This happened in a preconceived and refined way – if they ran out of money, why steal chia seeds, kombucha and hummus? & # 39; Judge Ruth said, stuff reported.
The arguments of Raffen & # 39; s lawyer persisted and ranged from the fact that the luxury items were stolen due to nutritional concerns about the items being of low value.
Judge Ruth rejected all these arguments.
Both Raffen and Cammish's lawyers filed the indictment to be fired without conditions, as the couple had made plans to visit Cammish's dying grandmother in Canada.
If they were sentenced, they would be excluded for five years.
& # 39; Your grandmother who was sick, whom you knew about for a few months, while at the same time dealing with these intentional offenses, & # 39; said Judge Ruth.
& # 39; I understand the difficulties, but it would send the wrong message to tourists like you who think they can come to this country and steal with impunity. & # 39;
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