A driver who drove off without paying for fuel was reported by another customer in a queue at the garage.
The man in the queue told the service station assistant: “That’s James Beeston – he won’t pay.”
Beeston, 24, of Pharos Street, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to making off without paying for fuel.
He was sentenced to one day in prison by District Judge Sam Goozee sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court, but released immediately as he had already served the time in custody.
Harold Smith, prosecuting, said Beeston went to the Shell Select garage, Hadfield Road, Fleetwood, and drove off without paying for £4.04 worth of fuel on October 14.
Patrick Nelligan, defending, said Beeston had not committed the offence intentionally as he though he had money with him, but he accepted he did not return and pay.