A man who racially abused a member of staff at a Dundee shop has been jailed for a year.
At Dundee Sheriff Court, Steven Greig, 40, of Kirk Street, admitted calling a Pakistani member of staff names.
Greig said to the member of staff: “You’re all the same, I have a problem with you guys.”
Fiscal depute Isma Mukhtar told the court staff at the @home store in Murraygate saw him arriving at the shop at around 4.30pm on Tuesday.
They were of the opinion that Greig was under the influence of something as he was swaying from side to side.
The fiscal said a member of staff asked him to leave the store and he began shouting and swearing at him and saying: “I hate your culture.”
Greig then refused to leave the shop and became more threatening towards the staff, who were alarmed by his conduct.
One member of staff called police.
When officers attended the area, staff at nearby HMV told them Greig had also been in that store and had left without paying for a number of DVDs.
He was traced in WH Smith with the DVDs still in his possession, the fiscal said.
Ms Mukhtar added: “He stated to police that he was just about to pay for them.”
Solicitor Kevin Hampton said Greig accepted he had been under the influence and had fallen out with his partner.
Mr Hampton said: “He has only a very vague recollection and he says he is not a racist in any way.
“There is nothing in his record for racial behaviour and he is extremely disappointed with himself.”
Greig admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear or alarm, shouting, swearing and uttering offensive remarks, while on bail. Greig further admitted that on the same date, at HMV in Murraygate, he stole DVDs, while he was on bail.
Sheriff Alastair Brown told Greig: “Racial abuse is absolutely unacceptable and you will go to prison for 12 months.”
A worker at the @home store said: “Hopefully his jail sentence will prevent incidents like this happening in the future.”