A drunken man alarmed shop staff by his disorderly behaviour.
Adrian Quintus was “clearly intoxicated” when he went into the Premiere shop at Raeburn Meadow in Selkirk on May 10 and admitted committing a breach of the peace there.
The 26-year-old of Fisher Avenue, Hawick, was asked for ID when he went to buy cigarettes. “He began to shout at staff and refused to show his ID,” explained Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser.
“He was so unsteady on his feet, he almost fell on to a display of wine bottles, and was shouting and aggressive towards staff.” Mr Fraser said the two members of staff, aged 33 and 16, were “very alarmed” by his behaviour.
Solicitor Ed Hulme, defending, said his client, who appeared from custody, wished to apologise for his actions.
He said Quintus had been drinking overnight with his partner.“He was planning to visit the grave of a friend who died a few years ago, and was upset,” added Mr Hulme.
Sheriff John Halley fined Quintus £166.67, telling him, “This must have been very distressing and frightening for the shop staff.”