Customer was abusive to staff

A man with a drink problem hurled abuse at shop staff who would not sell him booze.

Christopher White was refused service at a Church Street store in South Normanton at 1pm last August 25. He was abusive and threatened to cause damage in the shop and assault a staff member before leaving, Chesterfield magistrates heard.

He returned two hours later and continued being abusive. In-store security film showed him “walking backwards and forwards and waving his arms around”, said Helen Griffiths, prosecuting.

White was arrested and told police he was a regular customer at the store and had worked there in the past for the current owners. “He said they allowed him to buy alcohol and pay them later. He said he suffered from alcoholism and he had already drunk a litre of wine but he didn’t consider himself to be drunk.

“He was 30p short of making a purchase and he asked if he could come back later with the money, but he was refused and the change was thrown back at him.

“He left and returned, still agitated, and he accepted that he behaved in a threatening manner,” added Mrs Griffiths.

White, 27, of The Croft, South Normanton, admitted using threatening or insulting words or behaviour and was fined £82, with £85 costs.

The court heard he had previous convictions for racially-aggravated threatening behaviour and being drunk and disorderly.

“I’m sorry for what I did. I am going into rehab on February 19,” White, unemployed, told the justices.