Thursday, May 17, 2012
A Bag Too Far
Carol Plunkett must be seriously depressed.
102 times, she's been arrested for shopping....and then not paying for the goods.
The Chanel bag was the last straw. She went too far.
Ms. Plunkett lifted a lovely Chanel bag from Brown Thomas, her gloom lifted momentarily by the acquisition of a luxury good that would have cost her 1,990 euro if she'd paid for the thing.
As she was cycling away from the scene of her treatment for depression, a garda noticed that the security tag was still attached to the handbag. Not being a medical man, he didn't realize that Ms. Plunkett was self-medicating. Instead, he thought she had stolen the bag.
When Garda Michael Grine confronted the patient, she pulled out a scissors and tried to demonstrate her illness, but he apparently thought she was trying to stab him rather than engage in self-mutilation.
Try to stab a garda and you're going to get arrested. Ms. Plunkett did not go quietly, but kept right on resisting, to the point that another garda had to restrain her so they could all have a nice ride to the lock-up.
The gardai must not have searched Ms. Plunkett because she managed to cut herself with a razor blade while in a cell. All that did was postpone the inevitable. She was charged with stealing the Chanel bag, her 103rd conviction.
Ms. Plunkett's legal representative says she's getting treatment for depression. At the moment, she's getting two years for theft, and the only treatment she's likely to get will not involve her old therapy of shoplifting.