Wednesday 23 January 2019

Man loses €75,000 greasy chip case with McDonald's

Teacher Christian Morris. Photo: Collins Courts
Teacher Christian Morris. Photo: Collins Courts

Ray Managh

A school teacher has lost a €75,000 damages claim for defamation of his character which he alleged took place in a McDonald's restaurant after he discarded napkins he used to wipe excess grease from his French Fries.

Christian Morris (44), of Seagrave, Claremont Road, Howth, Dublin, also failed in a claim against McDonald's, Donaghmede, Dublin, for breach of duty towards him while he was a customer in the restaurant on June 21, 2015.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke told barrister Joe Jeffers, who appeared for McDonald's, the company was entitled to an order for costs against Mr Morris.

Mr Jeffers told the court Mr Morris had failed to establish that McDonald's, its security company or a member of its security staff had published any defamatory statements about him which had been denied.

Mr Morris, who represented himself in his Circuit Civil Court claim, said he had bought food in the restaurant and the chips were so greasy that he had to wipe grease off them with paper napkins. He had thrown the napkins onto another table, intending to bin them later.

He said he was approached by a security guard who ordered him to pick up his litter.

When he told her he would deal with his rubbish when he was ready, she ordered him: "Pick it up now."

This had attracted the attention of a group of teenage boys who had called him "a paedophile".

He had demanded and received his money back and had used his phone to video the incident.

The teenagers left the restaurant but one returned and snatched his phone.

Mr Morris had unsuccessfully given chase but later his phone had been returned to him.

With regard to Mr Morris's claim for damages for breach of duty by allowing a young person back into the restaurant, Judge Groarke said the behaviour of the teenagers would not have merited the defendants locking the door against them.

Irish Independent

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