Friday, November 8, 2013

Winemaker poisons wine to kill thief

Well, this is ugly ... what do you think about the ethics (and legality) of this winery-defense strategy, covered in The Daily News Fetch on Lewis Perdue's Drinks Business?

I can certainly feel the sense of outrage and violation that comes with being the victim of a thief. But I can't ethically, morally or theologically support the idea of killing a thief over property, particularly in this setting where death is dealt entirely in the name of revenge. 
Winemaker kills thief with poisoned wine
8th November, 2013 by Rupert Millar
A Hungarian winemaker has been sent to prison for murder after he poisoned wine with antifreeze to stop a thief.
According to Agence France Presse, the producer from Vacszentlaszlo, 50km east of Budapest, had been plagued by a spate of thefts and was determined to teach the thief, or thieves, “a lesson”.
He therefore laced some bottles with antifreeze and left them where they were likely to be taken.
On 24 October, a 30-year old man – who has not so far been identified as an employee of the winery – stole several poisoned bottles and shared them with friends.
According to police in the Pest department, he was hospitalised a few days later showing signs of poisoning and was dead by 1 November – though the exact cause of his death has not been firmly established.