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Hidden cameras catch cleaners looting Swedish trains

TT/The Local/dl · 4 May 2011, 08:50

Published: 04 May 2011 08:50 GMT+02:00

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The cameras were installed in February after officials from Swedish national rail operator SJ noticed significant shrinkage in the stocks of liquor, beer, food, and candy found on several restaurant cars, the Metro newspaper reports.

The cameras were put in place immediately after the trains were taken out of service and before they were moved to the depot in Hagalund, Solna, but were removed again before the cars were put back in service.

Following the camera's installation, ten members of the train's cleaning crews were caught in the act, with one suspect being recorded literally wiping the shelves clean and depositing the booty into a large plastic garbage bag.

"We're talking about thefts of a significant amount over the course of a year," SJ spokesperson Dag Rosander told the newspaper.

The ten cleaners have now been reported to the police.

However, union representatives have complained that SJ lacked a permit to install hidden surveillance cameras in the workplace.

Many people unrelated to the investigation were also caught on the nearly 50 hours of footage gathered in SJ's quest to unmask the restaurant car thieves.

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As a result of the union's privacy violation concerns, Sweden's Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen) is set to review the matter.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:22 May 4, 2011 by occassional
Name and shame them.
10:22 May 4, 2011 by Nilspet
Maybe there were very badly paid by SJ ?
10:45 May 4, 2011 by Åskar
They were most probably not employed by SJ.
11:21 May 4, 2011 by Keith #5083
What a strange world we live in when criminals are filmed committing crimes and then plead 'not guilty' in court, or Unions complain about the 'legitimacy' of an employer protecting his property. I guess this is the end for all security personnel at SJ as the Union will complain that it is a breach of their members' human rights to have security personnel checking on them!

Still, it sounds like these cleaners really did take SJ to the cleaners!
15:29 May 4, 2011 by saraswed
@keith yes they have committed the crime and they have to face it.the union are asking about the 'legitimacy' of the camera and i thaught they have the right to ask such questions.we have seen some worst ridiculous not guilty cases than this.wait they have not pleaded or have they ??
15:31 May 4, 2011 by Swedesmith
So now we throw the racist card out before anyone has said anything racist? Aren't we jumping the gun a little?
15:39 May 4, 2011 by Nemesis
Is SJ hiring cleaners?
02:57 May 5, 2011 by Da Goat
well they are cleaners after all and paid to clean up! next thing we will get the report the cleaners have been taken to the cleaners! ROFL.

yeah cleaners normally sweep stuff into plastic bags maybe it is SJ fault by assuming the cleaners would not clean up (everything) maybe they have to specify what they need cleaned. Don't clean out the pantry and the shelves!!

them cleaners are really cleaning up big time!
01:32 May 6, 2011 by Keith #5083

Normally your comments bring a smile to my face...this time it was angst!

I'm hoping you can recommend a good optician to me as I obviously am in need of one, I totally cannot see any racist cards, red cards, queen of clubs, credit cards..or any other card orientated reference in the comments prior to yours.

or have you posted in the wrong news article...:-)
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