Saturday, 8 November 2014

Man receives 2 year sentence for stealing 5 euros from Galicia bank

With the current and continuing economic crisis, many people are living under constant financial stress. In this case, a bank customer, who discovered that bank charges had decimated his remaining small balance, lost his temper and stole €5 ($6.20) from the bank counter.

It happened in a branch of a bank located in calle Villa de Negreira in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain.  The customer wanted to withdraw his remaining balance of €5 and approached the bank teller.

On being told that bank charges had not only wiped out his remaining funds, but had actually put his account in the red, he lost his temper and demanded an explanation.  On hearing the commotion, the bank manager came out to try and calm the situation, but the man pushed his fist into the manager's face, saying he was going to "beat the hell out of him."  Two other staff members came to the manager's aid, without any success at calming the customer down.

Eventually the man pushed them all aside, jumped over the bank counter and grabbed a €5 note from the drawer.  He then fled from the bank.

When the case hit the court recently, the man admitted he was guilty and received a two year jail sentence for aggravated robbery.

Spanish sources:
La Voz de Galicia
The Local

Photo: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported JLogan