An office manager must do 150 hours unpaid work for stealing £7,000 worth of nail products from his firm.
A court heard most of the items were found when police searched a garage at the home of Lee Andrews of Whitemoor Lane, Belper.
Andrews, who had never been in trouble with the courts before, must pay £400 to his former employer after selling some of the goods before the theft was discovered in December.
Deputy district judge Peter King told him: ”What makes this a particularly sad case is that you are of good character and have thrown that away in the course of this behaviour.But it is a breach of trust.
“If all employees helped themselves to their bosses’ property, there would not be much business stock left”, he added at the magistrates’ court in Derby.
Andrews admitted theft and was made the subject of a community order for a year.
He was allowed to pay the compensation at £40 per month.
Peter Bettany, prosecuting, said Andrews worked for a Derby firm called Dashing Divas and became office manager.
He was initially self- employed but got a full-time post after five months.
Stock shortages were discovered when he was on holiday and he was sacked on his return, Mr Bettany told the court.
“A full search of his home was attempted and nothing was found.
“But in the garage in a large cupboard, there was a large amount of stock,” he added.
Mark Salt, mitigating, said:”He didn’t know the full value of the items because he was on the administrative side of the business.
“But he knew of the reputation of the owner and had heard people had been dismissed without sums of money.
“He took this as a surety against this.”