A man got the shock of his life as he now faces the prospects of paying a whopping €208,000 instead of a paltry €47 bill he should have paid if greed hadn’t taken a better part of him.
The man, in Germany, was fined €208,000 for putting expensive meat through a self-service checkout, passing it off as cheaper fruit.
The man was ordered to pay the fine, which was calculated based on his income, after trying to cheat the till to avoid paying €47 for veal liver.
Munich’s district court convicted the 58-year-old businessman of theft and based his hefty financial penalty on his monthly income of €24,000.
The man, who has not been named, is said to have a history of supermarket self-service fraud, having tried to cheat the system three times before.
He also has past convictions for theft and tax evasion.
The thief has now been released from jail, where he had been held since the incident in December.
Munich court spokesman Klaus-Peter Juengst said the defendant did not appeal the verdict, which was issued last month.
It is not clear which fruit the man tried to pass the meat off as.