When his card was rejected at a garage forecourt shop, drunken Dean Brown remonstrated with staff, kicking over an outdoor sign as he left the premises.
Nineteen-year-old Brown, of Clevedon Road, North Shore, admitted threatening and abusive behaviour at the Adam Purves garage in Galashiels, Scotland, and obstructing police on November 1.
Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser told Selkirk Sheriff Court how Dean went to the shop where staff were serving other customers at 4.45pm and tried to pay for items using a bank card, which was declined.
He told staff it was “the right one and insisted he had enough money in the account, claiming the problem must be their card machine.
“He was taken to another till and the card was again declined,” continued Mr Fraser.
Staff suggested he try the ATM and the card was again rejected, so he left the shop.
Some 15 minutes later, he returned and tried to buy cigarettes with the same card, which was declined.
He began shouting and swearing and, as he walked outside, kicked over a Costa Coffee sign.
Sheriff John Halley told Brown he would defer sentence until March 2 next year.