Combing through online files, Alice # found the following account in the Dundee Advertiser of
28th May 1862. Most if not all the grocers of Kirrie [the Co-op was not caught?] had their sharp practices caught by the 1862 equivalent of Trading Standards - short measure weights or deficient beams and scales off the balance.
At the JP court the other morn, ye should have heard the wails
Grocers fearin their profit was gone, coalmen hopin for bail
Stonewear merchants, bakers too, whitna sorrowful worthy crew
Aa haled up tae face their fate, fur cheatin their measures and fixin their weights
Crookit beams an chancy scales, man, how they dragged their tails
When they paid their fines