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Woman caught on camera swapping barcodes on supermarket item to pay cheaper price

The daughter of a well-known restauranteur was fined $1,500 after she was caught on camera switching supermarket barcodes to pay a cheaper price for a cake being sold at RiteWay food store.

Charged with a single count of theft is Shaika Jeffers.

Jeffers, who initially pleaded not guilty, was fined after having a change of heart and admitting to the offence when she appeared before Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo on Wednesday.

Also jointly charged is Akil Turnbull who pleaded not guilty to the offence.

The court pointed to the seriousness of the crime as an aggravating factor. However, the court further said the first time offender’s early guilty plea, her remorse, among other things went in her favour as mitigating factors.

In the meantime, the court ordered the offender to pay the fine immediately or spend a default sentence of two months at Her Majesty’s Prison.

She was also ordered to compensate RiteWay the remaining balance for the cake.

What the court heard happened

The court heard that on March 11 last year, the duo along with two minors went into RiteWay in Pasea Estate to purchase a few grocery items.

During that time, the quartet bought a cake and drinks and left the establishment.

Acting on a hunch sometime later, the cashier supervisor at the establishment requested the surveillance footage from the Information Technologist at the supermarket. 

While reviewing the tape, the quartet was seen changing the bar codes of a cake valued at $80 with one valued at $24.

Jeffers was later seen on surveillance footage heading to the cashier’s checkout point and paying for the said item at a reduced price.

The matter was subsequently reported to the police who identified the perpetrators.

They were later charged with the offences before the court.

I am sorry

The unrepresented Jeffers told the court that she was remorseful for her actions.

She explained that she was “goofing off” and admitted to yielding to the request of ‘bad company’.

“I just wanted to see what would happen. I am not proud because I grew up knowing better. But, in life, things happen, and we make bad judgements. I ask for some leniency,” she said.

In response, Magistrate DaBreo said her actions would have repercussions as people detest dishonesty.

The magistrate reminded Jeffers that, as the daughter of a well-known fast-food establishment, she should have known better.

In the meantime, her co-accused will return to court for his trial on October 17.

The minors who were also captured on camera were not summoned to court and will also be expected to make their first appearance on the aforementioned date.

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  1. WOW says:

    Never expected this from you…

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  2. Goofing off says:

    What a thing to tell the king….really “goofing off?”

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  3. local says:

    You see why you allow them to talk on social media. All that she go on with on Facebook about child support I would expect she they good so why she want pay less money for cake again. smh

    Like 22
  4. Really now says:

    So what is she going to do next, go in the supermarket and start licking ice cream and putting it back in the freezer like the kids in Texas is doing as a joke ?

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  5. Facebook User says:

    “Child support is for the weak” but yet you’re out stealing…

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  6. Shame says:

    For all she go on with I would’ve never expect this she could’ve ask j***** for the money her Hair always did but stealing cakes. sad steal people man,steal cakes what else

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  7. Smh says:

    When will our people learn

    Like 13
  8. VIP says:

    I am very disappointed in you Shaika. Izine is such a hard working woman and I know she taught you better. All you did was embarrass your parents, and to make it worse, you did it for something that you didn’t even need.

    Like 36
  9. Ausar says:

    Young lady, you’ve caused your family a great deal of embarrassment!

    All for the price of a cake!

    BVIslanders has always been known to be great cooks and bakers..

    That you saw the need to purchase instead of bake!

    I tell ya..

    Our culinary traditions as a people are lost among our young!!

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  10. Oh well says:

    All she did was bring shame on her family. Now she is known as the CAKE THIEF. GIRLLL, you are now inducted in the side eye hall of fame/shame.

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  11. And says:

    Badmindedness has over taken most of the people now. Poor things, they thief to much, they dishonset, they vlog nasty minded, they try to run people down in the streets, they talk bad, dem eat, drink and smoke, lie, gossip and sour mour mouth to much, and dem mind nasty like septic tank.

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  12. Hey Girl says:

    You were better off buying a box of Betty Crocker and whip you up a cake.LOL. Who steal a cake.

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  13. Barcode swap says:

    Did the shop credit whoever paid $80 for a $24 cake!

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  14. Betty crocker says:

    Got cakes

  15. dora voice says:

    Lee da alone lol like them money greener than ppl

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  16. First says:

    She should be banned from the Supermarket. I guess she was trying to make some side money buy selling slices of the cake she stole. LMAO.

    Like 13
  17. Family Trend says:

    Is this a family trend? …

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  18. Crazy says:

    I guess p****i about to sell cake now? Lol “leg and fries with a cake on the side”

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  19. Cake Isle says:

    Attention all shoppers, please be on the look out for the barcode cake bandit in the cake section.

    Like 12
  20. wow says:

    SHAKER? CAKER?

  21. My Name is Karma says:

    I laughing hard at this! She walk out the supermarket probably laughing and feel she a don because she just con Rite Way! Poor she didn’t know who Karma is LOL!

  22. LMAO says:

    CAN I PLEASE HAVE A FRIED ?PLATE AND A SLICE OF BARCODE ?.

  23. What a hoot says:

    Girl out here trying to live big biting off her parents name and stealing cake. Shame down her parents. Yeah, that was some real ratchet S**t.

    Like 11
  24. deh man says:

    Refrain from cake for your next bday ?

  25. Anonymous says:

    From now on she either Sarah Lee, Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker to me.

  26. Tat says:

    Sometimes when I read certain things in the news i does really go back and wonder if I click the right thing really is this Tortola OMG I never hear more yet The crime itself is terrible but from $80- $24 thats a lame switch

  27. Big Brother Camera says:

    I had my eyes on you from the time you stepped in the market.I let you do the deed and I clipped you when you went to the check out line. When you steal,the consumer have to pay for the lost.That is one of the reasons food prices is so high. For real, you wanted cake, you were better off buying some Betty Crocker and called it a day.

  28. Hmm says:

    My girl… them Sara Lee cake always hits the spot inno! Even cheaper than 24 dollars!…

    • @Hmm says:

      True that, those Sara Lee is real good. Duncan pineapple upside down cake is good also. When you mix the batter, use pineapple juice instead of water.

  29. For real man says:

    That girl have no type of morals or standards to herself. She should be banned from every Supermarket on the Island. BOBO, you are now officially renamed the barcode cake bandit.

  30. Disgrace says:

    That family full a t***f. She keep spending on wahename now cnt buy a $80 cake

  31. That is so true says:

    Whenever Someone steal from a supermarket, the public is the ones who pays out their pockets. So when you see food prices jump a bit, don’t blame the owner, blame the barcode bandit and others like her that is stealing from the Supermarkets.

  32. Well says:

    HAPPPPY BIRTHDAYYYY, wheres the cake tho?

  33. A lot of talking from thief themselves says:

    Y’ALL MS COULDN’T WAIT MAJOR OF Y’ALL IS THIEF TALKING, SOME OF Y’ALL OWE HER MONEY BUH Y’ALL COULD TALK NOW BECAUSE Y’ALL AIN’T GET CAUGHT WHEN Y’ALL THIEVING.

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  34. LEM says:

    What was in that cake gold! 80 bucks for a grocery store cake!?!

  35. Anonymous says:

    Listen to the lynch mob.
    I guess you people are so immaculate!
    Judgemental much…
    Bunch of hypocrites

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  36. Simeon says:

    “as the daughter of a well-known fast-food establishment,”

    How can a fast food establishment give birth?

  37. please says:

    I really don’t understand why people rejoice over another’s downfall so much. No love around this place at all.

  38. WILLET says:

    PEOPLE IN THIS PLACE HAVE NO LOVE OR COMPASSION.THEY JUST WAIT FOR SOMEONE TO MAKE A MISTAKE AND YOU HEAR ALL MANNER OF EVIL ABOUT THEM.CHECK THEIR BACK GROUND THEY ARE NO BETTER.WE ALL HAVE SKELETON IN OUR BACK YARD.THERE IS A SAYING SAY THE MAN WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE.

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