Man stole food to buy Xbox game for his son

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Phillip Lorne Worth, age 49, of Johnstons River, pleaded guilty to stealing more than $150 worth of food from the Atlantic Superstore.

Sentence has been adjourned to March 25 in the case of Phillip Lorne Worth, age 49, of Johnstons River, who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $150 worth of food from the Atlantic Superstore.

Worth stole scallops, steaks, packages of roast beef and cheese. All of the food was recovered.

The court was told Worth stole the food with the intention of selling it for half the sticker price so he could buy an Xbox game for his son.

Worth has a record for theft, breach of probation, breach of an undertaking and being unlawfully at large.

Organizations: Xbox

Geographic location: Johnstons River

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  • Dundas Sue
    March 04, 2014 - 10:45

    When I was a young adult the "Nintendo" was the game that all the kids wanted. Some kids without a nintendo at home had no friends because no one would go to their house after school because there was no nintendo. maybe this dad was trying to help his son fit in. Sure it was wrong but thre is a biugger picture here. What are we doing to our children that parents feel motivated to steal for toys. Sure he has a record and he needs to be given a sentence that seters him but there is a bigger picture; there's always a bigger picture.

    • shocked
      March 04, 2014 - 14:23

      So Dundas Sue, by your standards, if you can't afford it, then go ahead and steal it.... give your head a shake lady! What kind of morals are you teaching your kids?? If his kid is old enough to play Xbox, then he's old enough to have an allowance, do little jobs, and EARN the darn game. That's what I do with my kids - they VALUE what they have and they have learned how to manage money. It's about teaching kids morals, values and responsibility - he is teaching his kid to be a common thief and you're condoning it... shame on you

    • Captain Canuck
      March 04, 2014 - 14:36

      The bigger picture is the decline in morals... and you should have no sympathy for this situation. Absolutely nothing is justified here without poor judgment.

    • Wtf
      March 04, 2014 - 17:18

      Bigger picture? The guy stole money to buy a video game, and it is ok because not having a high end video game console means his kid might not fit in? Where do you live? We'll send people over to your house to see what you have that will help other kids fit in? Perhaps he'll fit in better if someone steals your car for him?

  • seriously
    March 04, 2014 - 10:33

    It would be one thing if he was stealing the food because he needed to feed his son (eg provide necessaries of life), but to buy an Xbox game... seriously! That's the most lame excuse in the book. I earn great income, yet my kids do without Xbox games and other luxuries in order to have a home, heat, food, clothing, medicine and other necessities. This guy is pathetic!

  • The new reality
    March 03, 2014 - 21:34

    That's the new reality more crime , EI changes , etc etc . It may be disgusting but that is a reality of how people live . Yeah he should have used the food . But a few months back there was a young mother returning baby food at Walmart then out side trying to sell the gift card she returned it for to individuals out side the store . Welcome to our island .

    • First Rodea
      March 04, 2014 - 02:53

      This is not a new reality, the offender in this article had a lengthy previous record. The reality here is that the people who stay honest are getting fed up with the court system and lack of punishments.

    • Can't Blame EI for Dishonesty
      March 04, 2014 - 08:31

      I don't really follow the point of you comment but I hope you are not suggesting that stealing to buy an xbox is somehow related to EI. Stealing to by a toy, assuming that is what he was going to do with the money, is simply a thief being a thief.

    • Captain Canuck
      March 04, 2014 - 10:35

      The new reality? Gi' yer head a shake. The poor kid won't starve without the XBox. His poverty is his father, not his father's lack of funds.

  • HowSleazy
    March 03, 2014 - 17:23

    How disgusting of a person do you have to be to blame this on your child. This guy has a previous record but somehow this time it was all about an xbox. Perhaps if he was really concerned about his son he would have been stealing food for him to eat instead of stealing food for his entertainment. Disgusting individual.