A former manager of a fastfood restaurant was jailed for four months yesterday for pocketing $30,294.
Zhou San'Guo, 31, pleaded guilty to misappropriating the money from the McDonald's branch in Bukit Batok East Avenue 4 on May 13 last year.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Stacey Anne Fernandez said that when Zhou reported for his night shift at 5.30pm on May 12 last year, he received $6,000 in float money and petty cash of $500 from a part-time floor manager, who also put the restaurant's daily earnings from her shift in the safe.
After verifying the earnings, Zhou deposited the money into a separate safe through a slot.
Later that evening, he received a call asking him to repay money that he owed illegal moneylenders. He decided that he would take the cash in the safe to pay off his debts.
Ms Fernandez said the restaurant suffered a blackout at about midnight. Zhou then told the other three staff on duty that they could leave early.
He then deposited the float money and petty cash in the safe, as well as the earnings from the previous shift, and left the eatery. About an hour later, he returned to the restaurant, opened the safe, and took cash totalling $30,294.
Zhou left for Malaysia soon after. He was arrested when he re-entered Singapore at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Aug 15 last year.
He said he had used all the money to pay off his debts, and has not made any restitution.
This article was first published on Oct 8, 2014.
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