A serial meal thief only had 30p in his pocket when he ordered a £27 fish and chips feast, a court was told.
Alan Brown, 52, went into Richardson’s Fish Bar, in Fleetwood, and ordered fish, chips and peas, bread and butter, four beers, ice cream and a latte, totalling £27.39.
Brown, of Church Street, Blackpool, admitted ordering and eating food knowing he could not pay for it.
The man did not try to slip out without paying but sat and waited for police to arrest him.
He has now racked up almost 180 convictions for the same offence in Preston and Blackpool.
His lawyer Steven Duffy said: “Mr Brown was recently released from prison for the same type of offence.
“He spent his £48 discharge money and that was it. He had 30p left and is not on benefits although he does hope to sign on.
“Thirty years ago he was married, had a job, a house and mortgage and things all changed. He is now homeless and in a spiral of reoffending to get food.”
Blackpool Magistrates gave Brown a 56-day jail term suspended for six months.