"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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