GYMPIE magistrate John Parker expressed sympathy with pensioners whose income had not changed in response to rising household expenses.
But that did not excuse shoplifting, he told a Curra woman, 60, when she appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday.
"I know it's tough getting by on a pension, but you know it's wrong don't you,” he said.
"Yes,” agreed Margaret Mary McAdam after she pleaded guilty to taking, consuming or damaging a range of items from a Gympie supermarket.
They included instant coffee, a USB charger, chicken, cleaner, chocolate, tomatoes, a lamb roast and grapes she was seen eating.
Mr Parker placed her on a $400 good behaviour bond for six months and ordered restitution of $75.47, with no conviction recorded.