A bus worker who stole a customer’s new jacket which had been left behind was fined £200 at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday.
Glenn Morris, 39, took the jacket to a Marks and Spencer store and received a £49.50 credit note for it.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing the jacket during the course of his employment at the First Bus depot in Duke Street, Galashiels, on June 5.
The procurator fiscal, Graham Fraser, explained to the court how the accused had been working as a bus shunter, but had been dismissed from his job as a result of the offence.
He said: “The premises have a staff rest area and a general office with staff lockers, with one of these for found property.”
The prosecutor went on: “The position here is that the accused had gone to Carlisle to retrieve a broken down bus and brought it back.
“He found a brand new jacket on the bus. He put it in the found property at the depot.
“But thereafter he went to Marks and Spencer and got a credit note for £49.50 for the jacket.”
Mr Fraser said a woman had bought the jacket for her husband and was taking it back to Carlisle, but inadvertently left it behind on the bus.
Ed Hulme, solicitor for Morris, said: “He apologises for this. It was a moment of madness.”
He added that his client was now working as an HGV driver.
The court heard that First Bus had re-imbursed the customer with the cost of the jacket.
Morris, of Jessamine Cottages, Earlston, was ordered to pay £50 compensation to First Bus, as well as the £200 fine.