Bedding salesman and internet sensation Mattress Mick has been ordered to pay €900 for unwittingly renting a taxi to a driver with an expired public service vehicle licence.
Prosecuted by the National Transport Authority (NTA) under his real name, Michael Flynn, the 65-year-old was summonsed to appear at Dublin District Court yesterday.
Mr Flynn, of Kincora Road, Dublin 3, pleaded guilty to not keeping a record of the driver's licence.
Judge John O'Neill was told that during a compliance check a taxi was stopped in Stillorgan in Dublin on March 8.
It then took off at speed but the driver's home was later placed under surveillance. When questioned, the driver admitted he had been the driver and his licence had expired in January last year.
He had rented the taxi from Mr Flynn, who was later interviewed by the NTA.
Judge O'Neill was told that Mr Flynn had been incredibly co-operative and professional.
Mr Flynn, who represented himself, told the judge he did not know that the driver who rented the taxi from him did not have a licence.
He said he had paid for him to get one reissued, and that he no longer rented a taxi to him.
Judge O'Neill noted his explanation and ordered him to donate €500 to the Simon Community and to pay €400 in prosecution costs.
Adjourning the case, Judge O'Neill indicated that Mr Flynn will be spared a court conviction if the sums have been paid ahead of next month's hearing.
Mr Flynn, who has become a fixture on northside Dublin billboards, is better known as Mattress Mick to fans of his cult comedy advertising and videos that went viral, boosting sales in his mattress shop in Dublin.
He has also gone on to star in a documentary, called Mattress Men, which has received critical acclaim.