Two budget shop workers who tried to stretch the takings of the day by betting it on a roulette table stepped down on the spot. It’s yet another example of relying on roulette is likely to be a mistake, particularly if you’re as dumb as this pair.
“Grossly ignorant” duo Kieron Trott, 19, and Christopher Cameron, 48, were assumed to bank the GBP3,380 taken by the Poundstretcher branch in Pallion Retail Park, in Sunderland, that day, but decided they needed to feel what “gambling on red” was like instead.
In scenes “almost like something from a humor” according to Cameron’s defence lawyer Ian Cassidy, the pair took the cash to some casino but kept landing on black and blew the money within minutes, after being left in charge of the store.
Then they phoned their manager and calmly told her to phone the authorities last October, before resigning.
Mr Cassidy told Sunderland Magistrates Court said Cameron had never even been to a casino before.
Mr Cassidy explained: “Part of the routine is to check the cash that is taken that day.
“They are joking saying what would it be like if we took this money and gambled it. Unbelievably, they convinced themselves to do this.
“The were seen transferring the cash into chips then proceed to the table saying red?’ and ‘yes’.
Jason Smith said: They were saying ‘let us go and do this, we might make some cash’.
Lee Poppett, prosecuting, said: “At 9pm she received a call from Mr Trott stating that she needed to return to the shop since they’d gambled away the takings.
“She believed it was a form of joke, but Mr Trott said ‘the’m not joking, phone the police’.
Trott and Cameron have been in the procedure for repaying the money. Trott, of Hendon, Tyne and Wear of Washington, Sunderland, and Cameron, were given 12-month community orders and were told to pay GBP110 each in prices.
Trott, was told while Cameron will have to do 66 hours, to carry out 100 hours unpaid work.