Wal-Mart Employee Charged with Felony for Snacking on store Oreos

Penny WintersPenny S. Winters, 63, was charged with a felony after being caught eating Oreo cookies which she stole from the store.  As a full-time maintenance worker she makes $11.40/hour.  Winters admitted to authorities that not only had she eaten the Oreo cookies, but that she had done it for years.  In addition to the Oreos, she admitted to taking “junk food” home every week for 4 years!

Winters said she knew taking the items without paying was “wrong” and that it “would never happen again.” Wal-Mart happened to agree wither her.

They fired her.

Winters said she regularly snacked on gum, chips, sandwiches and chocolates, according to the police report.  She told police she could not afford them. According to ABC News, she could not explain to police why she chose to steal “junk food” instead of legitimate food products normally associated with necessity.

English: Double Stuf Oreos, by Nabisco.

English: Double Stuff Oreos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ashley Hardie, a Wal-Mart media relations spokeswoman, told ABC News:

“We have high standards on how we conduct business in our stores and high expectations for all our associates. This includes acting with honesty, integrity and following company policies and guidelines.  Unfortunately, Ms. Winters failed to meet those expectations. As a result of her violation of company policy she is no longer with the company.”

When I first read the title of the article I thought: “oh how ridiculous of them to charge her for eating some Oreo cookies.”  After reading that this was a 4 year-long habit I think she should be charged with a felony.  Now some may think this is a gross misappropriation of judicial time to prosecute this woman over “junk food.”  Yes, Oreos don’t cost a fortune nor do the junk food she stole.  But all the food totaled over the course of the period is a substantial sum.

I certainly don’t know her financial situation, but $11.40/hour isn’t sum chump change.  I think she can afford those Oreos.  I think Wal-Mart had every right to fire her.

What do you think?

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5 responses to “Wal-Mart Employee Charged with Felony for Snacking on store Oreos”

  1. JF Owen says :

    Firing her, absolutely. A felony charge, I think that’s pushing the envelope. $11.40 is probably a representative wage for the type of work she was doing, but if it is her only source of income, then she is still hovering at or below the poverty line. That doesn’t condone her actions, but it might be enough to mitigate the charge.

    The reality is that, at 63 and with a termination for theft on her resume, this woman is unlikely to ever get work again. The hardship that will bring is punishment enough in itself for stealing cookies and chips while she was working.

    I’ve seen a lot of white collar workers in my life get caught doing worse and not face a felony charge.

    • realtalkrealdebate says :

      True, but when I look at legal cases I don’t say oh her sentence should be lenient because judges have gotten it wrong in the past. And I don’t think her age should be a factor.

      She admitted to stealing lots of junk food, which included chips and cookies, for 4 years. It’s the peroid of time that gets me. Although I don’t know how many years her felony would get her.

      A long sentence isn’t justified. Not in this case.

    • realtalkrealdebate says :

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. reasoningpolitics says :

    Sounds like they had every right to fire her and when you add it up, the dollar amount stolen would exceed the amount for grand theft. I’d bet that doesn’t stick though.

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