A Kaohsiung woman surnamed Lin in her 60s stole two bags of toilet paper and paid a total of NT$ 180,000 to settle the case as the owner of the lost property allegedly threatened to "put her in jail" if she didn't pay the six-figure compensation. The woman's family decided to sue back for intimidation.
Two bags of toilet paper hang from the bike. In August, a Kaohsiung woman stole two bags of toilet paper from another woman. She was apprehended by the police. She didn't want to go to jail, so she tried to settle with the second woman. The two parties agreed that the first woman would pay the second woman the value of the toilet paper, which was NT$798, plus 100 times that price as a settlement. After the second woman received the money, the agreement collapsed and she demanded an additional NT$100,000. The first woman was afraid of going to jail, so she remitted the money. After her family found out, they took her to sue the second woman.
Wu Chien-ming, Dep. Captain, Wujia Police Station, Kaohsiung City PD："This woman used all types of methods and all types of reasoning to demand compensation. The amount she demanded as compensation totaled around NT$180,000."
The first woman sued the second woman for intimidation. The police investigated and determined that the speech and actions used on various occasions by the second woman to demand compensation resulted in the first woman paying a high amount of compensation. They asked prosecutors to open an investigation for intimidation.
Voice of Liu Chia-jung, Lawyer："Prosecutors have the authority to determine whether or not to prosecute. The owner of the stolen property knows a little about the law, or she knows it but has incorrect concepts about the law. If the woman paid this NT$100,000 in compensation, then there is the possibility of fraud."
Lawyers say minor crimes can be settled out of court, with prosecutors determining whether or not to prosecute. Anyone who guarantees that someone won't be prosecuted should be careful because only prosecutors have that authority.