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Starving man who stole instant ramen is sent to prison

By alice101   Tuesday, October 25, 2016   22,653   216   54
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Much like Jean Valjean who spent 19 years for stealing bread because of hunger, a man who stole instant ramen to save himself from hunger is being sent to prison. 


A 39-year-old man was given a prison sentence for stealing food multiple times by the Daejun Court on October 25. 


The man was arrested for theft in May received a suspended sentence of 6 months in jail and 2 years of probation. The next month in June, the 39-year-old broke into a restaurant and stole 6 cans of soda, a portable gas range, and 5 packages of instant ramen. He stole from the same business 3 times over the course of 2 months; the man took instant noodles and coffee drinks, worth about $50 USD. In July, he snuck into an apartment complex and stole 10 yogurt drinks. 


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The court concluded that the man committed the crimes as a means to survive and gave him the lightest possible sentencing of 8 months, even though he stole during his probation period. 


In the statement, the court said, "Even though he committed similar crimes, the defendant is apologetic and the damage was little," explaining the short period of imprisonment.

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    Haneefah Thursday, October 27, 2016

    Though its good that he gets meals in prison, its still so sad -_- I mean.. would it be so hard to give some food from time to time so he doesn't have to resort to stealing.. and some ppl out there who do way worser crimes get light sentences ?? deff, this is just messed up. I would give him shelter then send him to prison.. =-=

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    daFoolio Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    crime was committed... but hey... at least in prison he'll get fed 3 meals a day!

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    IARMY93 daFoolio Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    U got a point, tho still i feel sorry for him :(

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    qybbomi Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    meanwhile celebrities who committed DUI several times were only fined.

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    crazyft qybbomi Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    meanwhile RAPE crimes increasing but light sentences for who committed

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    YoUrAvErAgEVIP Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    HE WAS HUNGRY!!! WTF!!! JAIL!!! PUT HIM IN A SHELTER! NOT JAIL!!!

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    IARMY93 YoUrAvErAgEVIP Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    Thats S.Korea law what do you expect....

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    crazyft IARMY93 Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    unfortunately its everywhere

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    IARMY93 crazyft Thursday, October 27, 2016

    True

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    tyneexxx Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    look at the positive side, atleast there's food and place to sleep in prison

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    shannnnt Tuesday, October 25, 2016

    After his jailtime, maybe consider giving him a job or something.

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    intricate Tuesday, October 25, 2016

    My initial thought was, well... he's probably going to be taken care of in prison at least, but i was also like.. why didn't they just give him a fine? But then../ he probably can't pay for that either.... Wonder what he's going to do after he gets out...

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    Chrysantheneum intricate Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    Fine would be worse. He can't pay those. In prison, he at leat would have some food. I know of homeless people purposely commiting light crimes as theft so they at lest have a place to stay at night.

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    IARMY93 Chrysantheneum Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    That is very side, people live in hunger while others hide behind the keyboard to spread their poison

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    intricate Chrysantheneum Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    Aren't there any homeless shelters in SK?

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    KMetzger Tuesday, October 25, 2016

    at least while he is in prison he will be fed.

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    RoAnon9935 Tuesday, October 25, 2016

    I am more understandable if people are stealing food rather then anything else. This situation really needs some looking into in to why he keeps having to steal food. IE: Does he have a job, does that job provide enough, is there anything else he's spending wage on-so on. Since I do not know what it is like in Korea, but couldn't these officials help him find a place in which he could find a meal when he's desprite. Do not food banks or soup kitchens exist in Korea?

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    Chrysantheneum RoAnon9935 Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    For foodbanks you often need a home adress. In my county at least.

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    sehyunkimm Tuesday, October 25, 2016

    ok this disparity is a rlly big problem in many countries. but what some people argue (not my words) is that prison might be a better "shelter" for people who are starving bc they are being fed and have a rather secure place to sleep. i think that is bullshit. all countries should have a comfortable shelter that is set up like a hotel system where people who are genuinely struggling can stay while they preserve energy to look for jobs. or even better, there can be a government-sponsored hotel run through part-time jobs of these homeless people, and instead of receiving pay, they receive a room and food to keep them at bay. this would give them time to find other jobs (when they aren't working) and eventually lead them to be able to move out and make more space for others

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    Chrysantheneum sehyunkimm Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    I agree, but those arent available sadly enough. So of his options, prison is at least the option that provides him food. It would be nice if he could study a bit in prison and learn a job. I know Norway povides such facilities in prison.

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    sehyunkimm Chrysantheneum Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    yes i agree that prison might in some cases be the best possible case for this man, but with the whole morality issue, the fact that this man no longer has the privilege to leave and do whatever he wants is extremely depressing considering he still deserves that privilege... and obviously, my alternatives aren't available bc we sadly do not live in that time of age but it might not be too soon from the future

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