A Droitwich man, arrested today for gross indecency in a supermarket, might be the first flasher ever to be caught by an automated check-out machine.
Albert William Shanks, a 53 traffic warden, was attempting to self check-out £5.50 worth of goods, including a glossy magazine, a budget pair of size 5 socks and an unwaxed orange. But he soon caught the attention of nearby staff when the automated voice got stuck saying “Approval Needed”.
Supervisor Millie Cronin, married with two grown-up children, rushed to the till in order to assist. But just as she arrived, the machine stopped saying “Approval Needed” and instead began to repeat the words - “Unexpected item in bagging area.”
Short sighted Mrs Cronin, reported later to be 'as well as can be expected' and on compassionate leave, immediately grasped the nature of the problem at hand - and picked up the 'unexpected item' in order to identify its code and punch the numbers manually into the computer.
That's when they called the police.