Well, this is different

Man held after 100 iPads stolen from children’s hospital in Liverpool
Merseyside police took 54-year-old into custody after £70,000 theft from Alder Hey

Last time around that place was stealing brains, wasn’t it?

But there you go, Scousers

20 thoughts on “Well, this is different”

  1. I have all manner of questions about this. Like why are hospitals buying kids presents (don’t they mostly have parents). Who is this guy? Why did they buy wildly overspeccd iPads for kids, when Kindles are about £100? Why were they left in an outdoor container? Who was in charge of securing it? How did this guy know there were iPads in there?

    This smells like an inside job to me. Apple stuff has a very good resale value (one of the best reasons for buying a basic droid is that no-one nicks them). Even if it’s locked, people will buy it. Some manager does it and no-one asks too many questions because not their money. Leave them in a container outside with a weak level of security and either turn up at night to get them, or get your mate to grab them.

  2. Hmmm… BoM4. Maybe put this alongside the 4800 devices civil servants have have apparently “lost” in the past year?

  3. It’s tablets for patients and families so they can stay in touch. Visitors are barred from hospitals.

    It’s possible other items were stolen, or perhaps the £70000 figure is an overall admin cost not just parts. I wouldn’t put much trust in the details of a press report.

  4. It’s tablets for patients and families so they can stay in touch. Visitors are barred from hospitals.

    Not according to the article, they’re not:

    These iPads were bought as gifts to give to sick children and their families at Alder Hey children’s hospital.

    Anyways,

    I wouldn’t put much trust in the details of a press report.

    Actually reading it first could help.

  5. Bloke in North Korea (Germany province)

    They cost £150 each, plus £550 each for the procurement paperwork, budgetary meetings to sign off, managers, invoice clerks, inventory tracking, …

  6. Actually reading it first could help.

    Ooh, hark at her.

    You actually quote where it says they’re for children and their families. Why would a hospital (or related organisation) buy visual communication devices for patients and patient families?

  7. They cost £150 each . . .

    They might be a little more if they’re “wifi + cellular” models and were intended to be supplied with a sim card / service.

    The story is based off a police press release bigging their part up in dealing with a case before Christmas. Numbers will be maxed along with sentimentality. I saw £90,000 in another version.

  8. You actually quote where it says they’re for children and their families.

    Where it says they’re to give to children and their families. As opposed to, say, lend while the kids are in hospital, to be returned at the end of upon discharge, which

  9. Bloke in North Korea (Germany province)

    This is the kind of thing a charity should be doing. For the tiny proportion of Scouse without a smartphone the kids can use.

    A charity would also likely take better care of its property.

  10. Again, this is a Merseyside police press release
    https://www.merseyside.police.uk/news/merseyside/news/2021/december/man-arrested-after-100-ipads-were-stolen-from-alder-hey-childrens-hospital/
    that’s been picked up by all and sundry media sites (leicestermercury, gloucestershirelive, braintreeandwithamtimes . . .). Its purpose is to big their part up (. . . will hopefully make them feel safe and secure – bleargch).

    A hundred iPads, seventy thousand pounds, gifts for poorly children, hard-working officers, an arrest before Christmas.

    It’s vague and unreliable information. You can’t conclude it was the hospital’s iPads, could be they were just stolen from the hospital grounds. Could easily be a charity affair, and the nature of the giving isn’t clear either. Might be permanent for the peeps, or for the hospital to loan.

    Just for a laugh you can google “theft of ipads alder hey” and marvel at the sheer number of copy’n’paste media sites regurgitating this shit.

  11. Another opportunity for the “All Scousers are thieving scum” suspects to come out with their ratholes. Would you say “All blacks are thieving scum” so glibly? I’m not Scouse, but this disgusts me.

  12. After having lived up on the Wirral peninsula, I can say with some experience that not ‘all’ Scousers are thieving gits.

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