CANBERRA A dry-cleaning shop owner in Papua New
Guinea has found a unique way of encouraging thieves to clean
up their behaviour: giving them a steam cleaning.
Police in the northeast coastal town of Lae said a
20-year-old man suffered burns and scalding to his abdomen,
chest and back after the owner turned a steam cleaner on him
after he was caught stealing pants worth 14 kina (2.80 pounds).
"The owner has done this to many people already," police
spokesman Nema Mondiai told Australian Associated Press on
Police seemed unconcerned about the radical punishment and
released the thief after being assured he had learned his
Papua New Guinea, a mountainous country of about 6 million
people, has significant crime problems and 85 percent of its
population live off subsistence farming.
A new report by Australian academics on Wednesday, based on
surveys of 153 PNG firms, found break-ins, burglary, armed
hold-ups and robbery, as well as employee theft, were the most
frequent crimes faced by local businesses.
(Reporting by Rob Taylor, editing by Valerie Lee)