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German cashier wrongfully fired for stealing 1.30 euro

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German cashier wrongfully fired for stealing 1.30 euro


There is nothing strange about being sacked for stealing.

Barbara E, known throughout Germany by her nickname Emmely, lost her supermarket cashier job for allegedly taking coupons worth 1.30 euro.

But a federal court in Erfurt has ruled that was unfair because the sum was so low. It also said the punishment did not fit the crime as she had been an employee of Kaiser supermaket for 31 years.

The court’s decision is the latest saga in a high-profile legal battle dating back to 2008. Emmely claims she was singled out because of her trade union activities.

“If my employer wants me, then I am still available. I can work there again, perhaps at the same till; that would be my biggest victory,” she said after the verdict.

It is unclear whether Kaiser will offer Emmely her old job back. It says its trust has been irreparably destroyed.

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