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Published:May 1st, 2015 11:10 EST

Brit Banned From Using Vending Machines for Five Years

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A petty thief has been banned from touching or using ANY vending machine for the next FIVE years.

Russell Stansfield, from Derker near Oldham, has a long history of petty thefts and was slapped with a Criminal Behavioural Order after his latest appearance in court.


He had been caught stealing money from a parking meter in Bury earlier this year and admitted having a history of committing similar offences."

Manchester Evening News

Cool Hand Luke was slapped with a draconian sentence for beheading parking meters, and the Man still doesn`t take very kindly to anyone destroying or stealing from these infernal machines.

Parking meters vividly illustrate the government literally and figuratively nickel-and-diming us to death. Normally I don`t have any empathy for a petty criminal, but anyone who steals from a parking meter should receive a slap on the wrist, at the most.

Banning Stansfield from using any vending machine for the next five years is cruel and unusual punishment; he deserves leniency from the court and sympathy from the public.

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