Deputies in Florida say a Land Oâ€™ Lakes woman used reusable grocery bags to steal $199 worth of groceries from a Publix grocery store. then claimed she walked out of the store without paying because she had defecated in her pants.
On January 29th, Publix employees saw 51-year-old Paula Jay Ernst putting items in her shopping cart. She then took them from her shopping cart and put them into reusable shopping bags which she’d brought with her.
Hernando County Sheriffâ€™s Office detectives say she then walked out of the store without paying for the groceries, and the incident was all recorded by surveillance cameras.
Publix employees had written down her license plate number and she was contacted at her home by phone and agreed to return to the store.
After she was arrested, she told authorities that she didn’t mean to steal the items, and had only walked out of the store because she’d defecated in her pants.
She was charged with shoplifting and booked into the Hernando County Jail.