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Police catch teen paying £8 for PS4 by self-scanning it as fruit

The 19-year-old was caught when he tried to repeat his offence

Police in France have arrested a teenager who used a self-service checkout to pay just £8 for a new PlayStation 4.

The 19-year old, named only as Adel, picked up the console at a supermarket and took it to the fruit and vegetable section to be weighed, reports French news site L’est Republicain

He then printed out a ticket for the €340 (£297.62) PS4, weighing 6lb, before heading to the self-service checkout and paying €9.29 (£8.10), the equivalent of what the fruit and veg would have set him back, the news site says. 

The teen proceeded to leave the supermarket and put the console up for sale for €100 (£87.50) in order to pay for a train ticket from Montbeliard to his home in Nice, The Sun claims. 

But when Adel returned to the supermarket the next day to try the same thing again, he was spotted by police and arrested. 

However, it’s not yet known whether he was put behind bars or simply given a reprimand.

The Sun says Adel was given a suspended eight-month prison sentence and, “due to the oddities of French law”, was barred from holding public office for a further five years. 

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