A thief was found with 13 packets of cold meat in his pockets when he was searched on the street.
Christopher Wilson, 42, of Kingcraig Road, Bispham, admitted theft of £27 of goods from the Co-op, Central Drive.
He was given a 12-month conditional discharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Wilson was also ordered to pay £27 compensation, £85 costs and £15 victims’ surcharge but could not pay immediately so was told to remain in the court precincts until noon instead of paying the financial penalties.
Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said the stolen meat was found on Wilson after he was stopped and searched on Central Drive on July 5 at 5.45pm.
Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, said her client had had a dreadful year, being falsely accused of burgling an elderly man in his home.
He spent six months on remand in custody. He had taken the cooked meat to eat because he had no means of cooking.