A judge warned a thief about the perils of payday loans after they led her to steal from the shop where she worked.
Bonnie Tanner took more than £1,000 from Primark over a 13-week period.
Tanner, a 31-year-old mother-of-one, of Phillip Street, Marton, pleaded guilty to theft.
She was sentenced to do 60 hours’ unpaid work for the community and ordered to pay £60 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Tom Moran sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
The judge told Tanner: “Think long and hard before you go anywhere near payday loans.
“I accept it is highly unlikely you will be standing here again.”
Jane Yates, prosecuting, said Tanner stole £1,315 from the Blackpool branch of the clothing chain between May 6 and August 21.
In May she had been transferred to the store’s cash office and later discrepancies were noted.
When interviewed by police Tanner told detectives she had been struggling to pay day-to-day bills and for her daughter’s care.
Brett Chappell, defending, said his client had no previous convictions and added: “The circumstances of this are rather tragic and began by her taking out payday loans.
“She then found herself in an horrific financial situation.
“She began taking small amounts of cash at work. When confronted she held her hands up. She has been scared to death about what will happen to her. She says she will never do it again.”