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Vegetarian monk caught shoplifting beef jerky

By Mason White 12:52 PM April 17, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) It was an embarrassing moment for a monk when he was caught shoplifting.

However, things took an even more bizarre turn when officers realized that the stolen item was a meat product.

The Buddhists adhere to a strict vegetarian diet and thus finding the monk with beef jerky was quite shocking.

The 60-year-old monk of Nantou County, Taiwan, apologized for breaking the law by shoplifting and for breaking the rules set for monks.

After he was caught stealing packages of dried meat from the store the monk was arrested and charged with theft.

“I don’t know why, but lately I had this craving for meat,” he reportedly said when questioned by police.

Taiwanese Buddhist monks and nuns must strictly avoid killing creatures and eating meat. They must also refrain from drinking alcohol.

The store employees called police after a number of beef jerky packages with a price tag of $60 each went missing.

A store employee said that when they took inventory they found packets of dried meat missing.

After reviewing store surveillance cameras, they discovered that it was the monk who took the beef jerky and ate it while sitting inside the store.

Recently, the monk came into the store again and surveillance cameras caught him pocketing the same brand of beef jerky. They called police and the monk was arrested.