Tevez was ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work after he admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance.
But the 29-year-old, who donned a hi-vis jacket, failed to keep a low profile after rowing with a fan who took a photo of the Argentine.
Tevez was chauffeur-driven to the site in Cheshire on Friday morning and he was soon informed that he would be cleaning a 30ft storage container owned by the Probation Service, according to The Sun.
His short stay turned sour when a fan tried to take a photo of Tevez, who took offence.
"He must have thought it was a great photo opportunity, but Tevez saw him and stormed up to him saying, 'Give me phone. Delete photo, delete photo,'" a source said.
"He must have said no because Tevez tried to reach for the phone to snatch it.
"But then the probation officer stepped in to defuse the situation. He was asked to delete it so he did. He didn't want to get anyone in trouble."