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LONDON (AP) - A celebrity chef apologized on his website Monday after he was caught shoplifting from a supermarket.
In a statement on his website, the 60-year-old Worrall Thompson, who has appeared on daytime cookery show “Ready Steady Cook,” said he was sorry for his misdeeds.
“I am so sorry for all my recent stupid and irresponsible actions; I am of course devastated for my family and friends, whom I’ve let down and will seek the treatment that is clearly needed,” he said. “I am not the first, and I certainly won’t be the last person to do something without rhyme or reason _ what went through my head, only time will tell.”
The Sun newspaper _ in a front page story Monday _ said he stole cheese and wine. The newspaper, without citing any sources, said he had shoplifted on several occasions by using an automated self-checkout machine but not scanning all of the items.
Thames Valley Police issued Worrall Thompson with a formal caution _ a written rebuke for a crime. Worrall Thompson will not face further charges but the caution can be mentioned in court if he has more trouble with the law.
Many programs designed to help shoplifters curb their impulses regard it as a psychological problem that can sometimes be treated with therapy and medication, including antidepressants. Experts say it usually arises because of personal issues and conflicts, not poverty or greed.
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