Shoplifters who steal from large stores such as Fortnum and Mason should get lesser sentences than those who target small retailers, a prominent Labour MP has said.
David Lammy, a contender for Labour’s London mayoral ticket in 2016, said in a new report it was wrong to base punishment for shoplifters – as currently – on the monetary value of the items stolen.
Instead, the former minister said stealing from chains and department stores should be regarded as a less serious crime than pilfering from the corner shop.
In a 52-page study for the think-tank Policy Exchange Mr Lammy said: “The impact of a £150 theft, for example, would be far greater on an independent corner shop than on Fortnum and Mason, yet this is not reflected under the current Act.
“Many rightly argue that the seriousness of shoplifting should not be based on the value, but on the impact to the victim.”
OK, let’s think through this on his terms. Fortnum’s is owned by a charity….well, 90% or so of profits go to charity. So, it’s less appalling to steal from the mouths of babes and sucklings than it is from the petit bourgeois who run the corner shop?
How very Poujadist of him.