Vietnamese get no jail or fines for stealing bananas
The men paid compensation to the farmer that was worth more than the stolen bananas, so the judge let them off
Two Vietnamese migrant workers escaped with no punishment by judges at the Changhua District Court in central Taiwan after pleading guilty to stealing a bunch of six bananas and a banana heart from a farm in April this year.
The two men rode an electric motorcycle to a banana farm at about 10am on April 29, China Daily News reported. One snuck into the farm, cut a bunch of six bananas and a banana heart from a tree and handed them to the other man who was waiting outside the farm.
The pair were caught red-handed by the farm owner who filed a report to police. The two men admitted stealing the bananas and claimed they needed a banana heart for a natural remedy to smooth one of the men’s itchy skin.
The court heard the pair paid NT$6,000 for the stolen items and the farmer had forgiven them. The judge in the Changhua District Court ordered no punishment as the migrants were only blue-collar workers.