A MISDIRECTED spit may have saved a man from far more serious repercussions, Gladstone Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday.
Francis Martin McCann pleaded guilty to one count of public nuisance.
He was charged after being evicted from The Reef Hotel just before 1am on June 8.
The court heard McCann spat at security staff as he was being escorted out by bouncers, after they had decided to boot him for being too intoxicated.
Defence solicitor Bill McMillan told the court his client had limited memory of the events.
"He can't remember much at all," Mr McMillan said.
"The events of that evening were totally out of character."
Magistrate Penelope Hay warned McCann of the potentially serious impacts his actions could have had.
"It is a serious thing to spit at other people in this country," Mag Hay said.
"It's fortunate for you that the spit did not land on any person."
Ms Hay fined McCann $500 for the offence, but did not record a conviction against the man who had been living and working in Australia for the past four years without incident.