The court heard about the theft of chicken thighs and a bottle of vodka from two Grantham stores.
Bradley Oates, 27, of Sturrock Court, Grantham, entered two guilty pleas to the shoplifting offences.
Prosecutor Paul Wood related how on July 25 Oates took a bottle of vodka valued at £7.99 from a shelf in B&M Bargains and put it down his trousers.
When he was challenged by staff he refused to wait for police, instead leaving the vodka and the shop.
Then, on July 31, Oates was seen to take two packets of chicken thighs costing £3.10 from ASDA.
Mr Wood said that again Oates was stopped by security staff, and again left without the items.
In Oates’ defence, Jane Bauer told the court that he had recently become unemployed and was currently going for interviews, preferring not to make an application for benefits yet.
Magistrates gave Oates a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £45 towards prosecution costs.