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Complainant Name:
Mr Paul Philippou

Clauses Noted: 1, 12

Publication: Perthshire Advertiser

Complaint:

Mr Paul Philippou of Perth complained that an article warning readers about a scam involving thieves working in pairs in supermarkets stated “As is typical in crimes of this type, she was approached by two women thought to be of Eastern European origin”.

Resolution:

The newspaper sought to emphasise that its intention was not to offend its readers but it agreed with the complainant that the article had been poorly phrased. The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following apology:

BEWARE OF STORE THIEVES PA/Sept 18 (P2)

In the above article the PA warned readers to be on their guard after reports of con artists targetting elderly and vulnerable shoppers.Reporting on a recent incident involving a 71-year-old woman, the article said: "As is typical in crimes of this type, she was approached by two women thought to be of Eastern European origin. While one distracted her, the other stole her purse."

The article was badly phrased and the PA did not mean to imply that what was typical in crimes of this type was the involvement of Eastern Europeans. By "typical" the article meant the scam of two women working as a team, one to distract and the other to snatch.


The PA would like to apologise to any readers who were offended.

Report: 76



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