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Obese woman defecates in her pants so she can steal groceries

By Mason White 11:46 AM February 2, 2016
Paula Jay Ernst 

By: Chan Yuan
A woman was arrested after she shoplifted groceries.

Police in Florida, said that the woman of Land O’Lakes, blamed her bad bathroom habits for stealing groceries.

51-year-old Paula Jay Ernst stole $199 in groceries from a Publix supermarket in Hernando. She placed the items in reusable bags that she brought along, and left the store without paying because she defecated in her pants.

An employee of the Publix located at 14371 Spring Hill Drive, noticed Ernst leaving without paying. He took her license plate number as she drove away.

The employee contacted Ernst at home by telephone, and told her what he saw. He informed her that the incident was recorded by surveillance cameras.

Ernst agreed to come back to the store with the stolen items. Police waited for her and she was arrested.

Ernst told police she had no intention of stealing the items, but she left the store because she had defecated in her pants, according to an arrest affidavit.

Ernst was charged with shoplifting and booked into the Hernando County Jail.