A 59-year-old woman took the chance to steal more than £76 worth of food and cosmetics from Asda before being stopped outside the store by security staff.
Jayne Dixon, of Redcross Street, Grantham, admitted stealing food and toiletries worth a total of £76.48 from the Grantham store in Union Street on March 20.
Prosecuting, Tracey Ross told the court that Dixon had £20 on her when she went into the store.
She took the items to the self-service area but did not pay for any of the items. She went outside with them and was stopped in the car park. Miss Ross said: “She did not have enough money and so took the chance and paid for none of the items.”
Rob Arthur, defending, said Dixon made a full and frank admission to police about the theft. All the items were recovered.
He said Dixon suffered from depression and was on medication, and had significant financial issues.
Mr Arthur said: “She has had to resort to going to the Foodbank due to the financial difficulties she has had.”
Mr Arthur said Dixon started to put the items through the self-service but then the scanner froze.
She did not have enough money to buy all the items and then she took the chance to steal them.
Magistrates gave Dixon a conditional discharge for six months.
She was ordered to pay costs of £40 and a victim surcharge of £15.