A man admitted stealing chicken products worth £3 from a Lynn store because he was “desperate and hungry” after his freezer was switched off.
Dean Cooper, 46, of Wisbech Road, South Lynn, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft when he appeared before magistrates in the town on Thursday.
Paul Brown, prosecuting, told the court Cooper had been stopped shortly after he left the Poundland premises in Lynn on March 23 this year.
One pack of chicken strips and two packs of chicken wings, worth a total of £3, were recovered.
Mitigating, Cooper told the bench that food which was stored in his freezer had been ruined when someone else who lives in the shared property switched the appliance off.
He said: “I was desperate and hungry. I knew it was wrong but I was desperate.”
Magistrates gave Cooper a six-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £25 costs, plus a £15 victim surcharge.