Birmingham news Butcher stuck coins to his scales with blue tack to con loyal customers PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Owner Matthew Butler overcharged shoppers by fiddling the weight on the meat he sold them

Birmingham news Butcher stuck coins to his scales with blue tack to con loyal customers PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Owner Matthew Butler overcharged shoppers by fiddling the weight on the meat he sold them

Birmingham news  Butcher stuck coins to his scales with blue tack to con loyal customers PremierLeague-News.Com
22 February 2021 - 15:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A butcher has been fined for doctoring his meat scales with secret weights to con loyal customers. Matthew Butler stuck coins to the scales with blue tack, allowing him to charge shoppers full price for less meat. The scam went on at his Muddy Pig Butchers in Walsall. The court heard the Cross Street-based trader altered his instruments deliberately to give a false impression of the weight of produce that was being sold in a bid to fleece his customers. Butler was fined £1,798 and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to altering his scales at Dudley Magistrates' Court on Thursday, February 18. Walsall Council's Trading Standards team launched an investigation after complaints about the 'sharp practice' were made in 2019, the authority said. Read More Related Articles Two taken to hospital after dramatic three-car smash in Dudley Read More Related Articles Live PS5 stock updates as GAME set to drop '15,000 consoles' - and the latest at Very, Amazon, Currys and more Undercover Trading standards officers visited the shop twice in October and November. Each time they were sold stewing steak which was 40 grams short of the weight they had asked for. Butler was rumbled on the team's second visit to the Willenhall site when revealed their true identity and seized he items. Photographic evidence produced in court showed coins had been blue tacked on to the scale mechanism. The coins were the equivalent of 40 grams in weight and meant customers were systematically overcharged.

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. During mitigation, Butler claimed his business was burgled and his shop scales were damaged. He claimed he tried "experimenting" with them in order to get them to read satisfactorily - and it was for this reason that he added the ballast. Butler pleaded guilty to one count of 'fraudulent use of a scale' and of 'selling short weight meat'. CounGarry Perry, deputy leader and portfolio holder for regulatory services said: "This is a significant case and I’m very pleased that Trading Standards vigorously pursued it, and the Judge has supported our prosecution case. "It was, without doubt, deliberate fraud and cynically geared towards fleecing vulnerable, as well as low-income and often, elderly shoppers. "It is a sad truth that, while loyal customers were supporting this butcher’s business with their custom and in good faith, he was cheating them. “Just by using this set of dodgy scales within the two-month period of our initial investigations, meant that many customers would have been overcharged by roughly 30p per item. "Anyone buying three or more items in one go, would be losing £1 for every shopping trip made- and that’s just one person. "As the Judge ordered, it is only right that those customers cheated in this way, are compensated by way of his community and compensation order. Mr Butler must therefore give back to the community from which he has taken."

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