Woman is caught out pretending to choke on glass
Security cameras have come to the rescue of a Co Kildare publican who was facing a massive claim after a customer made out she was choking from a piece of glass in her food.
But CCTV footage from the pub shows the woman taking glass from under her top, putting it in her mouth and pretending to choke.
Businesses said the claim was typical of the thousands they face every day.
The CCTV footage from the pub in Newbridge, Co Kildare, reveals the extent of the threat facing businesses as they battle soaring insurance premiums and huge compensation claims, the publican said.
The footage shows a person taking glass from under her top then putting it in her mouth, when she then pretends to choke.
She then tells bar staff the glass was in her food and she had accidentally eaten it.
Vivian Carroll, owner of Judge Roy Beans, where the footage was taken, said it was typical of the type of claim faced weekly by publicans.
"Sadly, this is typical of what I and many other publicans face on a weekly basis. It's clear from the footage that after hiding glass in her clothes this person then deliberately places it in her mouth. She told a member of staff the glass was in her food, which was obviously not the case."
Mr Carroll added he and his staff checked the CCTV footage and told her the entire incident had been recorded.
"Gardaí were called, they took her details and she left. But if it wasn't for security cameras I could possibly have faced a massive claim."
It is understood the fact the woman was shown the CCTV footage and that gardaí were called means she is not likely to make a claim. As no crime was committed, she is unlikely to face any sanction.
Director of the Alliance for Insurance Reform Peter Boland said the footage is a reminder of the type of personal injury incidents experienced by organisations all over Ireland and the crippling insurance costs they cause.
He said reform of the sector was taking too long.