A WOMAN allegedly trying to pay off a drug debt has been labelled "desperate" by the police - who also accused her of robbing a Torquay store with a knife earlier this week.
In bright orange socks, 18-year-old Nadine Wilkinson appeared in the dock of the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court charged with one count of robbery with actual violence.
Wilkinson's lawyer Brad James made a bail application on behalf of his client.
Mr James said his client hadn't committed a serious offence before, and her family were shocked that she allegedly committed it.
The court heard Wilkinson would stay with her parents if bail was granted by Magistrate Graeme Tatnell.
But police prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk fired back, saying Wilkinson already lived with her parents so there would be "no change".
The court heard Wilkinson allegedly had an escalating drug habit.
Sgt Quirk objected to bail and said the safety of the community was paramount.
"She's a desperate person trying to pay off a drug debt," he said.
"That doesn't just go away."
Talking about the alleged armed robbery at the Cypress St store on Monday about 3.30pm, Sgt Quirk said it could have ended badly.
It was alleged Wilkinson held the knife to the shopkeeper demanding she opened the register.
"She didn't just hold the knife - she thrust it," he said.
Sgt Quirk said it was lucky the attendant complied.
"Who knows what would have happened," he said.
Magistrate Graeme Tatnell remanded Wilkinson in custody and adjourned the matter until August 14.