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A woman was arrested on a charge of shoplifting after stealing underpants from a clothing store because she soiled her underwear, according to police in Sweden.
Now, the 54-year-old woman of Halmstad, who was not identified, has been ordered to pay a fine of ($375) after pleading guilty to shoplifting.
The cost of the underwear the woman stole was $15.
According to the criminal complaint, when the woman went shopping in the H&M clothing store earlier this year, she selected five pairs of panties.
She went into a changing room, but she came out with just four pairs and handed them over to an employee. The employee called the police who confronted the woman outside the store.
She immediately confessed to the crime, saying that she had gotten a sudden onset of diarrhea while shopping, and had been forced to change her underwear.
In court, the woman repeated her claim, saying that she should not be punished because she committed a crime during an emergency.
When the judge pointed out that she had other options other than stealing, she pleaded guilty to shoplifting.