PC facing sack for ‘deliberately underpaying for Krispy Kreme doughnuts’

A police officer is facing the sack after allegedly using a self-service machine to deliberately underpay for a tray of Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

PC Simon Read is accused of weighing a bag of carrots and using the barcode sticker to pay for a pack of 12 of the sweet treat.

The officer was said to have paid just 7p instead of the advertised price of £9.95 for the doughnuts in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, on February 10.

This alleged incident happened while he was on duty and in full uniform.

PC Read is accused of acting dishonestly and without integrity.

The force is claiming a breach of professional standards that is "so serious that dismissal would be justified," according to the complaint.

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PC Read is accused of going to the Tesco Extra store while on duty and going to the fruit and vegetable area.

He is said to have used self-service scales to obtain a barcode sticker for carrots with the price of 7p.

It is claimed he stuck the barcode on the doughnut tray and scanned it at a self-service checkout to pay the lower price.

A police report detailing the allegations reads: "You selected a cardboard tray containing 12 Krispy Kreme doughnuts that were priced at £9.95."

Papers ahead of the Cambridgeshire Police hearing added that the alleged behaviour "brings discredit upon the police service and undermines confidence in it because a reasonable member of the public, aware of all the facts, would be justifiably appalled that a police officer had acted dishonestly and without integrity".

The hearing is due to begin on November 25.

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