Amazon worker admits taking more than £5,000 in perfume
An Amazon worker stole more than £5,500 worth of perfume from the company's Rugeley warehouse as an 'act of revenge' after becoming disgruntled.
Rajit Kaur, 41, from Talbot Road, Wolverhampton, worked at Amazon's Rugeley fulfilment centre on Wheelhouse Road when she took a range of perfumes valued at £589 on August 19, days after taking six bottles of Calvin Klein perfume.
Kaur, who no longer works for the company, then boxed up more bottles to the value of £5026 ready to take on August 22 before she was rumbled after they were found under her desk.
She pleaded guilty to three charges of theft by employee at Cannock Magistrates Court, where she was given a suspended prison sentence.
The court heard that rather than taking the perfumes to sell, use for herself or give away as gifts, she simply 'threw them in the bin' after becoming bitter with the company.
Prosecuting, Emma Thompson, said: "This was a serious breach of trust from the defendant to her employer.
"She had successfully taken perfume bottles on two occasions but was caught out the third time after a box was found under her desk."
Kaur decided to 'take revenge' against her employer after a number of complaints she made regarding her treatment in the workplace were not dealt with to her satisfaction and due to an issue over a security search on her way into the building one day.
Defending, David Ellis, said: "This was not done to make a gain for the defendant, in a financial sense or in the sense of her owning these bottles.
"She took them home and simply threw them in the bin.
"She was not happy with the company and had issues with how her complaints were handled so decided to take revenge.
"She does not know why she did it, but she was under a lot of stress at home at the time too, this was an act of revenge from a woman who had lost her way and she is remorseful."
The mother of two was given a 26 week sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to carry out 10 days of rehabilitation work over the next year.
She was also ordered to pay £185 in costs, compensation of £589 and £145 in surcharges, meaning she now owes out £889.
When sentencing Kaur, chief magistrate Dennis Gadsby said: "We do believe that your actions cross the custody threshold due to the nature of your offences and the serious breach of trust.
"However, we will be suspending that sentence after hearing of your remorse and taking on board your guilty plea."