SHOPLIFTER Dean Hunt told a store female member of staff that she was not his mother so she couldn’t tell him what to do, a court was told.
On Wednesday, Boston magistrates heard Hunt was seen in Halfords, on Queen Street, where he took a can of spray paint.
John Mitchell, prosecuting, said Hunt was told to put the item back, which he did, but the male member of staff alerted the female to keep an eye on him.
Mr Mitchell said: “Hunt then came to leave the store and the woman saw what appeared to be a spray can under his top.
“He passed the tills and left the store. He was challenged by the female and he became abusive.
“He told her she was not his mother and had no right to tell him what to do.
“He was detained and then later arrested by police.”
Hunt, 29, of Field Street, Boston, admitted shoplifting on May 11.
A report from the Probation Service said a previously-imposed community order had worked well.
Magistrates imposed a six-month community drug rehabilitation order and said they were pleased to see Hunt was doing well to address his drug use.