A third of people admit to stealing from supermarkets

Published Tuesday, Oct 28 2014, 19:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
It's always tempting to pinch a sweet from the supermarket's pick 'n' mix, but we'd never actually do it. Would we?

Well, it turns out more than a third of British people surveyed actually would!

A third of us have stolen from a supermarket

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Pick 'n' mix are most likely to be stolen



New research from discount brand Vouchercloud.com reveals that 35 per cent of UK-based adults have admitted to stealing small items such as loose sweets and groceries.

And nearly two-thirds of the 2,083 people polled also thought it wasn't "really a criminal offence", as the value of the item was so small.

Pick 'n' mix sweets and pre-packed sandwiches were the items most likely to be pinched, with communal toilet roll following closely behind…really?!

Matthew Wood, from Vouchercloud, said: "Most of us have probably gone past that pick 'n' mix section and thought about how easy it would be to help yourself to a loose sweet.

"The little bits here and there do add up – to £1,953, on average, so this is not a trivial matter."

So hands off!

By Anna Ramsey
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