Miley | CNHI Statehouse Reporter INDIANAPOLIS — A Mishawaka shopper who claimed he could have been confused by the beeping "cacophony" of self-checkout scanners had a conviction for a store theft upheld Tuesday by the Indiana Court of Appeals. Michael Harvey, 51, was charged with misdemeanor theft after stealing a pillow, a bedding set and an in-ear baby thermometer from a South Bend Wal-Mart in February 2015. During his trial in St. Joseph Superior Court, testimony indicated he had been watched by two security personnel since bedding sets were frequently used to falsely obtain refunds at the store. According to court records, Harvey approached a self-checkout scanner with six pillows, placing all but one through the scanner. He handed that one to his fiancee. He waved the bedding set in front of the scanner but the scanner did not read the UPC. Harvey claimed he heard a beep. He placed the bedding set on the floor. He then waved the thermometer over the scanner but the back of the box, where the UPC was located, was facing the reader. It did not scan and he placed it on top of the bedding set on the floor.
There surely could be some surprises on election night,” said Gero Neugebauer, political scientist at Berlin’s Free University. He doubted the SPD could overtake Merkel’s conservatives, who he expected to be the largest parliamentary party with the Social Democrats the second biggest. “But in the fight among the smaller parties for third place and possible power in a coalition, everything is still up in the air,” Neugebauer added. With the election likely to install six parties in parliament, up from four now, Germany will be marked by a more fractured political landscape after the vote. This could make coalition-building difficult. Friday’s poll showed support for the far-left Linke stood at 9 percent, with the environmentalist Greens on 8 percent. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, a senior Social Democrat, told broadcaster SWR he favored a so-called “traffic light” coalition with the FDP and Greens. However, the poll put support for such an alliance at just 41 percent. [B4N1JZ031] The survey showed there would be sufficient support for both a repeat of the incumbent “grand coalition” of Merkel’s conservatives and the SPD, and for a so-called “Jamaica” coalition of the conservatives, FDP and Greens. People sit in a voting cabin to cast their vote in an advanced postal ballot for the upcoming general elections at Steglitz-Zehlendorf district postal ballot polling station, in Berlin, Germany, September 15, 2017.