‘I swiped it but it didn’t work’: Failure to pay for petrol lands man in court

FIRST TIME: A man has pleaded guilty to stealing petrol on two occasions.

FIRST TIME: A man has pleaded guilty to stealing petrol on two occasions.

A man who failed to pay for petrol on two occasions said his bankcard wasn’t working when he appeared in Orange Local Court on Monday. 

Phillip William Alexander, 40, of Whitney Place, represented himself in court where he was fined $200 for each time he didn’t pay for petrol.

Alexander was also ordered to pay $79.99 in compensation for failing to pay for petrol on February 4 at Wallsend and $79.95 for not paying for petrol at Maitland on December 29. 

“I’m guilty to the two charges but not the [police] facts, they are false,” Alexander told magistrate Terry Lucas.

“One said I didn’t attempt to go into the service station, that I took straight off which is not true.”

Alexander said he had a bankcard that he could use up to $500 in deficit but it didn’t work.

“I swiped it but it didn’t work,” he said.

Mr Lucas said it was the first time Alexander had been in trouble with the court.