Police detained the meat manager of a Hungarian supermarket after he allegedly told staff to drastically lower the price of beef tenderloin — and then told his wife to come in and buy 47 pounds.
The manager, who was in custody for suspected fraud, is accused of telling meat-counter staff without a supervisor's approval to put the tenderloin on sale for $4.40 per kilogram, instead of the usual price of $13.95.
A few hours later, the manager's wife showed up at the store in the southern city of Kecskemet and tried to buy the beef at the discounted price. A cashier, aware the meat wasn't on sale, alerted security guards who called the police.
Authorities were still investigating whether the manager's wife knew of the fraud attempt or had tried to make the purchase in good faith, Kecskemet police spokesman Laszlo Ferenczi said