Taking money from the till is not a good idea

Hertfordshire Mercury, 19th January 1918


Annie Mabel Kirby (18), of Sacombe, a domestic servant employed by Mrs Lilian Marian Barker, at the Crooked Billet beer house, Musley, Ware, was charged with stealing £1 2s 8d, together with various other articles, from her employer.

Mrs Barker stated that during the past few months she had missed various things, and that during the week ending 29th December 1917 she had missed 24 shillings from the till.  The defendant had been with her as a domestic servant for 5 months.  On searching the bedroom occupied by the defendant she found, in her box and in the drawers used by her, several towels, two blouses, some ornaments, several tablets of toilet soap, 15s 3d in her coat pocket, 5 shillings and several coppers in a bag, together with a bronze coin that had belonged to her.  When she had spoken to the defendant about the missing things, she had admitted taking them.  What had raised her suspicions in the first place was that she had found that she was 24 shillings short in the takings of the bar, according to the amount of beer that had been sold during the week.  Mrs Barker also said that she had no real desire to press the case.

The defendant said that she was guilty and had admitted it to Mrs Barker who had then recovered all the stolen property.

The defendant was bound over and placed on probation for 2 years.

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