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12665Re: A "Senior Moment"

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  • David O'Niell
    Jun 8, 2008
      I think it's fairly common that when someone begins to suffer from dementia they do
      things like this--


      --- In infoguys-list@yahoogroups.com, "Ricky Gurley" <rmriinc@...> wrote:
      >
      > Here is a post that came up on a board that I participate on, and I
      > thought it was pretty interesting:
      >
      >
      >
      > When senior citizens break the law with minor infractions, should they
      > be held accountable and punished like the rest of us or should they be
      > treated differently?
      >
      > I'm posting this because I came across a story where a 79 year old man
      > was accused of stealing and thrown in jail. The reader comments caught
      > my attention because the story sparked a controversy about how senior
      > citizens should be treated in similar situations.
      >
      > Some people demanded that the elderly man should have been released
      > and not harassed. Others claim that he was using his age as an excuse
      > to shoplift.
      >
      > What do you all think? Honest mistake or perfect alibi?
      >
      >
      > QUOTE
      > -------------------------------------------------------------------
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      > LAKE WORTH - An elderly Palm Beach County man says he forgot to pay
      > for the pie that sent him to jail for 10 hours.
      >
      > Authorities say 79-year-old George Schwartz didn't pay for a $5.29
      > apple pie at a Publix near Lake Worth in April. He was taken to jail
      > and charged with retail theft, a misdemeanor punishable by 60 days in
      > jail.
      >
      > His lawyer said Thursday that the cashier who bagged the groceries
      > that day also didn't notice the pie left in the basket. Schwartz paid
      > for the rest of his groceries.
      >
      > His attorney adds that they are trying to get the case dropped.
      > Otherwise, they could go to trial in June.
      >
      > Managers at that Publix say in a police report that he has shoplifted
      > before. But Schwartz says he has short-term memory problems and calls
      > the latest incident a misunderstanding.
      > -------------------------------------------------------------------
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      >
      > Full Story:
      > http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sfl-530pie,0,2371195.story
      >
      > Story COMMENTS here:
      > http://www.topix.net/forum/source/south-fl...EASAK4QEEUVLLJU
      >
      >
      >
      > Any thoughts?
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > Rick.
      >
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