Tuesday 19 June 2018

'F**king p***ks' - Intoxicated man abused McDonald's staff after demanding food

Tallaght District Court (stock photo)
Tallaght District Court (stock photo)

Eimear Cotter

A man became abusive towards staff at a McDonald's when he believed they failed to serve him food he had paid for.

David O'Sullivan (38) was asked to leave after he demanded food and called staff "f**king p***ks".

Judge Patricia McNamara fined him €250.

The defendant, of Willbrook Lawn, Rathfarnham, was found guilty of threatening and abusive behaviour at Nutgrove Shopping Centre, Rathfarnham, on April 22.

Gda James Ward told Tallaght District Court he was called to McDonald's following reports that an intoxicated male was being abusive.

Gda Ward said O'Sullivan was near the entrance to the restaurant. He complained he had paid €4 for a burger and curry fries but had not received them.

Gda Ward said O'Sullivan was extremely irate and started shouting profanities at staff, calling them "f**king p***ks" and "f**king scumbags".

He also said the defendant, who was carrying a bottle of vodka, never paid for food but rather had demanded it and was then asked to leave.

In his evidence, O'Sullivan denied he was abusive.

He claimed he ordered a cheeseburger, but it was not ready so he went to the toilet.

When he came back, he alleged he was grabbed around the neck by a security guard. The judge found O'Sullivan guilty of a breach of the peace.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said O'Sullivan had a drug problem but was now stabilised on methadone.

However, he had substituted his drug use with drink.

He said O'Sullivan had a difficult time following the death of his father and a friend.


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