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Monday, January 16, 2006


AN elderly lady found herself up in court for the first time in her life, pleading guilty to shoplifting. The Judge looked at her sternly.

"What did you steal?" he asked.

"A tin of peaches, your honour."

"Why did you steal them?" asked the Judge.

"Because . . . because I was h-h-hungry," sniffed the old lady.

"That's no excuse," thundered the Judge.

"How many peaches were in the can?"

"F-f-f-four," whispered the old lady, nervously.

"Right," said the Judge, "this common thieving has to stop. I sentence you to four days in prison."

There was a stunned silence in the court, broken only by the woman's sobs.

Then, from the public gallery, the old lady's husband nervously got to his feet. "Your honour," he said, "may I say something?"

"What is it?" snapped the Judge.

"She also stole a tin of peas . . ."

Be encouraged!

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