Pilfering Pocket Money: German Bank Worker Raided Kids' Piggy Banks
A bank cashier has been caught stealing from children aged between one and nine. They handed her their piggy banks full of pocket money and she credited their savings accounts with less than was in them. The case has shattered the children's faith in banking.
Stealing from piggy banks can be lucrative if you raid enough of them.
The 45-year-old woman, who has since lost her job at a savings bank in the southern city of Augsburg, received a suspended six-month sentence. The public prosecutor's office had sought a tougher penalty for a crime it called "deeply immoral."
"It's a disgrace and it stinks to high heaven when little children are robbed of the money they saved up," the prosecutor said.
The cashier was found guilty of stealing a total of 60 from children aged one to nine who had handed over their piggy banks to pay their pocket money into a savings account. But the prosecutor suspected that was just the "tip of the iceberg." He said the children's confidence in the bank had been massively damaged.
The woman denied the theft and said an earlier confession she had made had been under duress.
She was found out by a father who set a trap for her by getting a neighbor to hand over two piggy banks containing amounts of money he had counted. In each case she credited the children's accounts with 15 less than the contents.
Stay informed with our free news services:
© SPIEGEL ONLINE 2007
All Rights Reserved
Reproduction only allowed with the permission of SPIEGELnet GmbH
Corriere della Sera
MORE FROM SPIEGEL INTERNATIONAL
German PoliticsMerkel's Moves: Power Struggles in Berlin
World War IITruth and Reconciliation: Why the War Still Haunts Europe
EnergyGreen Power: The Future of Energy
European UnionUnited Europe: A Continental Project
Climate ChangeGlobal Warming: Curbing Carbon Before It's Too Late