A magistrate yesterday told a single mother to buy chicken wings with her bail money after hearing how a meal at McDonald's was considered a luxury for her children. Magistrate Garry Tallentire conditionally discharged Wu Siu-yuk after she pleaded guilty to stealing food worth $57. The court was told the family of three survived on $4,000 welfare a month. Mr Tallentire was going to adjourn the case for a probation report but changed his mind after hearing this would lead to her children finding out about the crime. 'It seems to be that this was a crime committed almost out of desperation and I have great sympathy with your situation,' he said. 'Living with two boys on $4,000 a month are very difficult circumstances but you should know that theft is wrong. 'You can get your $300 bail money back and go and buy some chicken wings and food for your children.' Wu, 47, whose husband died of cancer six years ago, has been raising two sons aged 14 and 10 on her own. 'Even a McDonald's meal is considered a luxury and meat is rarely eaten because we cannot afford it,' she told the court. Wu went to a Park'N Shop in Shau Kei Wan on Wednesday intending to buy discounted food but her sons talked her into getting chicken wings and wantons. A security guard caught her with stolen chicken wings, potato crisps, wantons, sugar, cakes, vegetables and drinks in her bag.