A 21-year-old cook, who stole fish and chicken from his workplace and stashed them in the ceiling, must complete 80 hours of community service if he wants to keep his criminal record clean.
J’son Shamar Rudder, of Lot 11, Maynards, St Peter, was employed at Sugar Bay Barbados on October 21 when he went to collect pork ribs from the storage room. He was apparently left unsupervised and used the opportunity to conceal five packs of fish worth $100 and two packs of chicken worth $60 in the apron he was wearing. He then went to the locker room, put the items in his bag and stashed them in the ceiling.
However, he apparently did not factor in the heat and the items began to thaw causing the moisture to soften the ceiling tile and the bag fell to the floor.
“It is crazy, a little comical, but serious . . . you threw everything away,” Magistrate Douglas Frederick told Rudder, who had been working with the company for two years.
He responded, “I am sorry for the act altogether.”
Rudder, who was not previously known to the court, was handed over to a probation officer, who recommended the hours of community service, which must be completed by January 26 next year.
“Never let your hands make your face shame. Never let that happen to you again,” Frederick warned Rudder, whose criminal record will remain clean if he completes the community service successfully.