Man stole clothes from supermarket to look smart in job interview

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An unemployed man stole clothes from a supermarket in an attempt to look smart for a job interview, a court heard.

Adam Papworth, 21, stashed a t-shirt, tie, smart shoes and a jumper in a carrier bag before leaving an ASDA store without paying.

However, security guards spotted him on CCTV and confronted him outside the store before recovering the items, worth £41.

Jill Derby, prosecuting, told Lincoln Magistrates’ Court that cannabis was also found on Papworth who admitted theft and possession of a controlled drug.

She said: ”He was stopped outside the store and a T-shirt, tie, shoes and jumper were recovered. Brown vegetable matter was found in his trouser pocket.”

Mark Wood, mitigating, told the court that Papworth, of Newark, Lincs., has found life difficult after being made redundant by McDonald’s in July this year.

He said: ”He was trying to advance his career prospects and get a job by smartening himself up.”

”He had cannabis because he has been having great difficulty sleeping. He only gets one or two hours per night and his friend gave it to him as a sleeping aid.”

Papworth was given two 12-month conditional discharges to run concurrently for the offences, which took place at an ASDA store in North Hykeham, Lincs., on August 31.

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