Crime CCXII-Theft XX

Paying less for an item than what it is worth or than what it retails at could also constitute theft. In R v Morris, Anderton  and Burnside (1983) the defendants were arrested for switching the price tags on items in a supermarket and paying a lower price. The defendants were tried, convicted and appealed.

The House of Lords upheld the convictions. It was decided that dishonest appropriation of property under s.1(1) of the Theft Act (1968) includes paying a lower price for an item especially if it was induced by fraud. The appropriation took place as soon as the labels were switched and there was an attempt to usurp the rights of the owner.

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