A hungry man threatened two Rotherham takeaway workers with a knife in a bid to get a free meal, a court heard.
Robert Bryan, aged 42, drew the knife across his throat in a ‘slashing motion’ at Sicily Pizza in Broad Street, Parkgate, Sheffield Crown Court was told.
Kath Goddard, prosecuting, said the incident happened two days after Christmas, when he got into a row with Esmail Bazari and Reza Dehina, who both worked behind the counter.
She said police had been called to the shop earlier in the evening and Bryan was escorted off the premises after he tried to get a free takeaway.
He was told to go home – but three hours later he returned and Mr Bizari saw him take a ‘glistening’ object from his pocket which looked like a knife.
Miss Goddard said: “He was drawing it across his throat in a slashing action.”
Miss Dehina called the police again and Bryan was arrested.
He dropped two kitchen knives from his hands and a third was recovered from his jacket.
When interviewed, Bryan told the police he had been assaulted earlier that evening at the takeaway.
He said he carried the knives to prize open cigarette ashtrays outside public buildings.
He said he should not have taken the knives out, but had never threatened anybody.
Bryan, of Hollybush Street, Parkgate, Rotherham, admitted possessing a blade in public.
The court heard he has a lengthy criminal record and convictions for physical and sexual violence.
He was released from prison in April 2011, but has since been recalled to jail. He will only be released when he is no longer considered a threat to the public.
Jailing him for eight months. Judge Julian Goose QC, said: “Producing a knife in public to threaten is a serious offence.
“Your behaviour that night was stupid and idiotic and also very frightening.”