Optometrist suspended for attempting to shoplift cardigan and £6 trousers

The GOC has sanctioned a Manchester-based practitioner who removed black trousers and a cardigan from a store without paying for them

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has issued a six-month suspension order to a Manchester-based optometrist who attempted to shoplift a cardigan and £6 pair of trousers.

A GOC fitness to practise committee heard that Francisca Gracia Ruiz had three opportunities to pay for black trousers and a cardigan before leaving the store but did not do so.

The store that she took the clothing from was in the same shopping centre as the optical practice where she was scheduled to work as a locum optometrist.

The committee found that it was unclear whether there was a financial motivation behind the attempted shoplifting.

When the items were discovered by staff, Ms Ruiz initially claimed she had paid for the trousers before offering to pay for the items.

The trousers were priced at £6 while the value of the cardigan was unknown.

“The registrant had money in her bank account and a good income. It was not clear what the registrant’s motivation was,” the decision highlighted.

The committee found that Ms Ruiz’s fitness to practise is impaired by reason of misconduct related to the attempted shoplifting.

Ms Ruiz has until 26 November 2019 to appeal her six-month suspension order.