A man was pressured into stealing to pay off his drug debt, a court heard.
Christopher Blackburn swiped two bottles of whisky from a Dewsbury branch of Asda.
Kirklees magistrates heard that he had not used drugs for some time, but was forced into stealing after bumping into one of his old associates.
Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said that the 45-year-old entered the store on April 24.
He hid the bottles of drink worth £34 about his person and left the store, passing all points of payment.
Blackburn, of Bromley Street in Batley, was detained outside and police were called.
Magistrates heard that Blackburn had 61 offences to his name.
Paul Blanchard, mitigating, said that in October 2011 his client received drugs treatment as part of his punishment for another offence.
He said that Blackburn was currently on a methadone prescription and hoped to be totally free from all drugs soon.
However, his past came back to haunt him on the day of the theft, Mr Blanchard said.
He told magistrates: “He was confronted by one of his associates from the past close to Asda.
“That individual said he owed him for drugs and he succumbed to the threats to get him what he needed to clear the debts.
“Asda isn’t the place to go shop-lifting as the security is exceptional.
“He’s doing everything he possibly can to lead a good life and hadn’t reverted to type to steal for drugs.
“It was a significant situation that presented because of his distant and dim past.”
Magistrates fined Blackburn £65 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge.