Alleged shoplifter has a fit after stealing and eating extra hot chili pepper, enabling police to arrest him

"…when officers searched [Marcus] Banwell they found another four [Scotch Bonnet] chili peppers in his pocket, a stolen milkshake and fruit juice, and a clarinet stashed in his waistband, which was missing from a music shop." Scotch Bonnets are up to 50 times hotter than jalapeños by weight.



  1. I had the fleeting thought “why would anyone steal a milkshake?” but the answer seems pretty self-evident.

    1. How do you steal a milkshake? Are they pre-made, or do you have to go behind a counter and pour it yourself?

  2. A few years ago, I was surprised to discover some Scotch Bonnet peppers in a local supermarket.  Under a sign that read “Miniature Peppers”.

    I found the department’s manager and suggested that it might be a good idea to change the sign.

  3. Since chiles are usually sold by weight, and one requires a very small number of scotch bonnets to make absolutely anything fiery hot, it seems like a very strange thing to steal.  I use them quite often, but I don’t think I’ve ever left the grocery store with more than $0.15 worth in a single trip.

    1. Maybe he looked them up on the internet and got the same first hit as I did for price:

      Scotch Bonnet PepperMin. Order: 10 Metric TonsFOB Price: US $1000-2000 / Metric Ton

  4. We planted our hottest peppers (ghost and scotch bonnet) nearest the sidewalk in case anyone got the notion to steal some.  If anyone does, they’ll be really sorry about it. 

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