A shop assistant struck a deal with his mates to let them walk off with their arms full of gear in return for dope.
Kody Little-Feakins, now unemployed, admitted a charge of causing loss by deception.
The two friends had come into the Factorie shop in Centre City on March 24 and took 22 items worth $565, the New Plymouth District Court heard on Thursday.
Little-Feakins allowed them to take the items in exchange for providing him with cannabis, the court heard.
No reparation was sought because of quick action after which all the gear was returned intact.
Asked by police for an explanation, Little-Feakins told them: "What will be, will be."
Judge Allan Roberts repeated the phrase, when asking Little-Feakins how he felt about community work. "I can accept that," Little-Feakins replied.
The defendant was sentenced to 100 hours community work.
Allowing his associates to walk out of the shop with their arms full involved a breach of trust, the judge said.
- Taranaki Daily News
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