Easter Theft Leaves Dartmouth Paskamansett Farms Reconsidering Honor System
A group of five people raided the outdoor coolers at Paskamansett Farms Sunday night in Dartmouth.
Paskamansett Farms Owner Bill Coutu says it is disappointing to see.
"We had gone out for a while last night. When we came back, the cooler had been wiped out, and it never gets wiped out like that."
For more than three decades, customers have used the honor system to pay for milk, eggs and other items. Sunday night, however, the cooler was stocked with ice cream and food normally unloaded at the end of the day. Coutu had an early morning appointment today, so rushed their closing last night, leaving the cooler fully stocked.
"One girl actually opened the milk, drank some, and put the bottle back and opened another one, leaving the open bottle in the cooler," Coutu said, after reviewing security camera footage.
After the feast was over, the group had eaten more than $300 worth of food, then left $4 to cover it, Coutu said.
Will Paskamansett Farms continue to use the honor system?
"We're hoping we can catch them and stop it, because they will keep coming back," Coutu said. "It's unfortunate because a lot of people come to buy milk during off hours."
This is certainly not the first time the business has had to deal with dishonesty. Coutu said people would be shocked about who has ripped off the farm in the past.
"We've had people that are millionaires come in and do it for the thrill," he said. "One lady has a house overlooking Padanaram Harbor, she's never had a mortgage payment in her life, and she was coming and doing it two or three times a week before we caught her on the surveillance video."
Still, the Easter Sunday theft left Coutu scratching his head.
"People think there are no cameras here. Where do you go where there are no cameras?"
Dartmouth Police confirmed a call was placed from the farm at approximately 10 p.m. last night.
Anyone who can help identify the people caught on surveillance are asked to contact Dartmouth Police at (508) 910-1700.