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How a French teenager paid €9 for a Playstation using supermarket’s fruit and veg scales

A 19-year-old managed to get a bargain price for a Playstation games console at a French supermarket thanks to the help of the fruit and vegetable scales.

How a French teenager paid €9 for a Playstation using supermarket's fruit and veg scales
Photo: AFP/Depositphotos
It might not have been the work of a criminal mastermind but it was pretty impressive nonetheless. 
 
The young man weighed the €340 Playstation 4 on the fruit and vegetable scales, giving the console a price tag of €9.29. 
 
He then went to the self service check out in order to avoid cashiers and paid for it there. 
 
The incident occurred in the French city of Montbéliard in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region in eastern France back in September.
 
But the victory, it turned out, was destined to be short lived.
 
Attempting to repeat the trick just one day later, the young man was caught red handed. 
 
The 19-year-old told the French police that he sold the first Playstation for €100 and on January 24th he was sentenced to four months in prison.
 

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France’s mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo

A black panther rescued from rooftops near the northern city of Lille last week has been stolen from the zoo where it was taken after capture, officials said.

France's mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo
Photo: AFP/ Sapeurs Pompiers du Nord

The feline was seized overnight from the zoo in Maubeuge near the Belgian border, the city's mayor, Arnaud Decagny, told AFP on Tuesday.

“This animal was the only target,” Decagny said, adding that “considerable efforts” were made to force locks and avoid security systems.

Zoo personnel are worried about the young panther's health, “which is rather delicate because he lacks strength,” the mayor added, saying the animal was just a few months old and weighed between 25 and 30kg.

The panther after its capture. Photo League Protectrice des Animaux de la Nord de France/AFP

The panther was going to be transferred to a centre specialised in rehabilitating wild animals that had been domesticated.

Firefighters caught the cat last Wednesday as it roamed rooftops in Armentieres after escaping through the window of a private apartment believed to have been its home.

The panther's owner is thought to have escaped through the same window, for fear of being charged with illegally harbouring a wild animal.

Police have not located the fugitive owner, who could face charges of endangering the public, which is punishable by up to a year in prison and €15,000 in fines, Decagny said.

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