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Woman may be ‘grounded’ after copious coffee theft

A German woman is being accused of stealing thousands of jars of coffee by stuffing them in leggings under her skirt.

Woman may be 'grounded' after copious coffee theft
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The 60-year-old Olga H., who has previously been convicted of smuggling cigarettes, was indicted this week by a Munich court for allegedly swiping 2,398 jars of Nescafé Gold coffee from local discount supermarkets Lidl, Penny and Netto, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

In most cases she stole 10 jars which retail for about €8. But she occasionally took 12 or more, the newspaper reported.

She made more than €19,000 by taking them to sell in the Czech Republic, authorities have charged.

The woman was caught by a store detective in Gröbenzell, a town of about 19,000 inhabitants near Munich.

She admitted the thefts in court but said she was only trying to help her drug-addicted sons, the Süddeutsche reported.

The Local/mdm

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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