Skegness chat line worker convicted for stealing wage packets

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A Skegness woman, who worked at an adult chat line centre operating from the town, stole three wage packets when her own was not left out for her, the town magistrates have been told

Natalie Hickling, 24, of Lancaster Avenue, admitted stealing £150 from her employer Broads Chat Studio of Roman Bank on December 29 last year.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said Hickling worked there and when she went to collect her wages and they were not there, she stole three wage packets containing £150, which had been left for other staff members.

When she was interviewed by the police, she admitted it and was given the opportunity to repay it and not face prosecution, but she had not done so, he said.

Mitigating, Asad Aziz said that the chat studio was a forum for lonely men to ring up at premium rates and talk to ladies.

“She had only been working there for a short while and was owed money by her employer and it was only after lengthy remonstrations that her employer finally agreed to pay her what she was owed,” he told the magistrates.

He said that when she went to reception and her wages were not there she went to a drawer where there were three wage packets for other girls and she had ‘unfortunately’ decided to take all three,which contained £150.

He said that there had been an arrangement to repay the money at £10 per fortnight but the proprietor never turned up to collect the money from Hickling.

After hearing from the probation service, last Tuesday the magistrates imposed a 12 month community order with supervision and ordered Hickling to repay £60 in compensation.