Saturday, May 12, 2007

Thieves were the ones tricked by visually impaired employee

CINCINNATI Every once in a while, somebody tries to cheat the visually impaired operater of a deli in the Hamilton County Courthouse.Nevermind that security cameras are trained on the cash register and there are about a dozen sheriff's deputies a few steps away.

Twice in the past two weeks, somebody gave Kent Parker a one-dollar bill and said it was a ten. Parker made change, then asked an employee to verify the denomination. Both times, a woman was arrested within minutes.

The 43-year-old Parker has been operating the Courthouse Deli for about eight years. He says people in the courthouse watch out for him. And the surveillance cameras catch everything.
When a theft victim is impaired, a charge that usually is a misdemeanor is elevated to a felony. Parker says scamming him for nine dollars just doesn't make sense.


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