Thursday 23 November 2017

Teacher gets €1,500 for ruined wedding dress

Aoife McKelvey: won damages against dry cleaners
Aoife McKelvey: won damages against dry cleaners

Saurya Cherfi

A TEACHER who picked up her wedding dress from a dry cleaners to find it "damaged beyond repair" has received €1,500 in damages.

Aoife McKelvey told Dublin District Civil Court she had been excited to see her wedding dress again in September 2010 after it had been at Captains Hill Cleaners, in Leixlip, Co Kildare, for five weeks.

But when she picked up the €1,350 Julian Alexander creation she found it was "ruined".

The dress consisted of a silk bodice and an organza skirt with diamantes and flowers, and a strap that was also decorated with flowers.

After paying €110 for the dry cleaning, Ms McKelvey took the dress home, where she noticed the skirt had holes in it, that some diamantes were missing and the flowers were frayed and the bodice was creased. The court heard she contacted Captains Hill Cleaners manager Ted Spollen who later told her on the phone that he would get an expert to look at the dress.

Ms McKelvey, of Lucan, said she wanted the dress to be repaired by the store where it was bought. As she had later found this outlet had closed, she gave Mr Spollen the phone number of Justin Alexander customer service in England.

After numerous requests to the cleaners, she had waited until the following February, but as the dress was not being restored to its original state she decided to sue Mr Spollen.

In its defence, the dry cleaners said they had never had any similar problem before. They accepted the flowers were damaged during the cleaning process. They said it was the first time in court they heard about an issue with the silk bodice but they believed it could be worked out.

Mr Spollen said the repair had been delayed because the items sent by Justin Alexander were coming from abroad. The court was told the flowers on the front and the strap had been replaced by Mr Spollen but the dress still looked "ruined".

Irish Independent

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