A man stole packs of raw meat from a supermarket and sold them for cash to buy fast food because his home had no cooker, a court was told.
Leigh Bevan (26), of Sparkenhoe Street, Highfields, Leicester, pleaded guilty at Leicester Magistrates' Court to stealing two boxes of pork chops worth a total of £7.98 from a Leicester branch of Aldi on September 12.
He also admitted being in breach of a community order by failing to attend supervised appointments between September 21 and 25.
Prosecutor Louise Cox said Bevan was seen in the St George's Retail Park supermarket with a carrier bag, into which he put the boxes of meat.
"He was apprehended later and said he had sold the chops on for £5 to buy some fast food," said Ms Cox.
Michelle Harding, for Bevan, said her client received the benefit employment and support allowance, but had not budgeted properly and therefore stole food.
She said: "He has no cooker where he lives and so steals the food, sells it on and buys fast food."
The magistrates revoked the community order, imposed for four similar offences, and re-sentenced Bevan for all five offences.
He was given a total of 12 weeks in custody, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to attend supervision appointments for 12 months.