Row over 5c refund to cost postman €20,000
A postman found to have abused a bus driver for not giving him a receipt for five cent has lost a €75,000 claim for defamation.
John Moran faces a legal costs bill of close to €20,000 after his case against Dublin Bus was dismissed at the Circuit Civil Court. Mr Moran, of Coolevin, Ballybrack, Co Dublin, told Judge Jacqueline Linnane he had put €2.20 into an automatic ticket machine on the number 70 bus in Dun Laoghaire and had to ask the driver for a receipt to later claim a 5c refund from Dublin Bus.
When the driver had asked him if he was all right, he said: "I'm grand. I just don't like people trying to rob me."
The driver ordered him off the bus and, when he refused, the gardaí were called. The incident happened on September 19, 2013.
Moran (45) told barrister Jeri Ward, counsel for Dublin Bus, he had been defamed by being publicly ordered off the bus.
He denied he had been aggressive and abusive to the driver, and denied calling him "a w***er" or saying "you are all the f***ing same."
Dismissing the claim, Judge Linnane said bus driver Brendan Connolly had been perfectly justified in asking Mr Moran to get off the bus.
His refusal had resulted in a 40-minute delay and two other men becoming "extremely threatening, abusive and intimidating" to the driver.