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Jul 7, 2008, 06:05 AM
Authors : Daniel
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Post date : Jul 7, 2008, 06:05 AM
The taxman has settled his beef with a butcher's shop in Sheffield.
The meat of the story is that the owners of Jackson's of Chaucer Road, Parson Cross (a rather unpleasant neighbourhood) pleaded guilty of a number of criminal activities relating to the national minimum wage.
Offences committed by David Jackson and his daughter, Pauline Smout, included neglecting to pay two former employees the minimum wage and producing false records in an attempt to show HMRC that they had been paying the correct amounts.
Deputy District Judge Hatton didn't mince his words when he called the couple's actions 'appalling', giving them a verbal slap across the chops.
As a responsible citizen, one can only feel disgust for the behaviour of Mr Jackson and his offspring. Their belief that they would get away with it was nothing more than pie-in-the-sky.
But I won't tell any porkies: as a son of the steel city - the lovely area of Ecclesall, to be specific - I can't help but feel a scrag of pride that a business in my home town was the first in Yorkshire to be castigated for such wrongdoing.
Take that, Barnsley, Hull and Leeds!

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