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Man banned from using all vending machines after being caught stealing

By Mason White 11:19 AM May 4, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
A man was arrested, charged and convicted of theft after being caught stealing from a parking meter, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

Now, a judge banned the man from using any coin-operated machine for the next five years.

38-year-old Russell Stansfield has a long criminal history involving theft. He was most recently caught stealing money from a parking meter.

The court ordered him not touch or use any coin-operated machines throughout the country. It is believed to be the first ban of its kind in the world.

Specifically the court ordered Stansfield not to touch, interfere or use a food or beverage machine, not to visit the Trafford Centre and its car parks, not to visit any hospital or its car parks unless visiting a patient or being treated, and not to visit any airport or its car parks unless using it for travel in which case he needs proof.

He was also banned from touching, interfering or use a pay phone unless contacting the emergency services, and he was ordered not to loiter near any public transport ticket machines unless buying a ticket in which case he needs to go up to the machine only once, buy the ticket and leave.