A customer knocks off $90 from the Wayside Tavern when the staff are not looking, swifly exiting the premises.
The theft is captured in high resolution digital video format by the camera surveillance system.
The customer denies the offence.
The customer/offender is then advised to pay the $90 to avoid police involvement.
A month passes, no payment is made. Police are called.
The offender then writes a letter (written by a solicitor) admitting nothing, offering to pay $90 as a "goodwill gesture" on the condition Mine Host withdraws the complaint to Police.
$90 is the only currency acceptable to Mine Host. The letter is ignored.
In court the offender pleads guilty, but says he has no memory of the incident as he was "too drunk to know what was happening"
(This contrasts with the video evidence, where he is shown consuming Two glasses of beer in Two hours, reading the newspaper, then furtively glancing left/right before committing the offence.)
The Magistrate imposes a fine of $400.
The court handled the debt to society, but ignored the debt to the Wayside Tavern.
Until the $90 is paid, the offender will be refused admission, for eternity if need be.
The average citizen will try to tell you that Magistrates have brains, perhaps even common sense.
A claim not supported by decisions such as the one above.