DRINKER Gavin Wilkinson got the wrong idea of a carry-out from his local pub – when he went home with the picnic table.
The 22-year-old picked up the heavy wooden table from the beer garden at the Round Robin pub in Sunderland and walked home with it on his back.
Wilkinson was caught when the landlady of the Hylton Road pub realised she was one table down when she opened up the following day.
Sunderland magistrates were told how Wilkinson was caught on CCTV walking up to the pub at 2.45am on October 12 and staggering around before picking up the table.
Prosecutor Glenda Beck said: “Police searched the area, and the table and benches were found in the garden of the defendant’s home address.
“The defendant admitted he had taken the table. He admitted he had stolen it and carried it round from the Round Robin.
“He had no idea why he did it. He didn’t need the table and didn’t want it. He was drunk. He put it in his garden and decided to keep it.”
Wilkinson, of nearby Huntley Square, pleaded guilty to theft. He was last before the court a year ago for stealing a wheelie bin, magistrates heard.
Heather Bolton, mitigating, said: “Mr Wilkinson had been drinking on this particular evening. He went to the Round Robin.
“He knows the landlady. The lights were on so he went to see if he could get in, but the door was locked.
He’s seen the picnic table and taken it home. He’s put it on his back and walked off with it. Mr Wilkinson hasn’t been back to the Round Robin public house because he’s completely embarrassed by the situation. He was himself working in a pub until two to three weeks ago.”
Wilkinson was given a 18-month conditional discharge and was told to pay a £15 victim surcharge.