Dislike of boss led employee to steal $10K
A BUNDABERG teenager says she stole $10,000 from her job at Chippindall's Newsagency in Sugarland all because she didn't like her boss.
Gemma Anne Dewhirst-Oates, 18, was a supervisor at the newsagency when management noticed significant discrepancies in the cash flow.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said an investigation revealed the teenager had been stealing money from the safe and shoving it in her pants and handbag during a period from late last year to early this year.
She would also use other people's system log-ins to credit her personal store account to the tune of more than $1000.
When questioned by police as to her motives to the crime, she said it was due to a dislike of her boss.
"She said her boss p**sed her off and she was... mean to her," Sgt Stevens said.
"The motivation for these crimes was vengeance."
Barrister Nick Larter represented Dewhirst-Oates in court yesterday when she pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and stealing.
Mr Larter said his client now worked at Hinkler Central and had been dealt extracurial punishment when her former boss' family member had confronted her in the centre in front of customers and colleagues.
"She was told she would go to prison (and) this was in front of work mates and the general public which is extremely distressing and embarrassing," Mr Larter said.
"She is a very young lady."
Magistrate Deb Vasta sentenced the teen to 200 hours of unpaid community service and two years' probation with no conviction recorded.
"You're going to prove your bona fides if you get through this," Mrs Vasta told the teen.
"It was a significant temptation to be able to access such a significant amount of money."
She was also ordered to pay $10,000 restitution.