Mr Bowron said the hotel was negligent in ‘Allowing or permitting the use of pork chops as footwear in circumstances that the defendant knew or should have known that such use would have produced a hidden trap and did so produce such hidden trap’.
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 12:17:44 +1000
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—– (from The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) 15.1.02)
Pub sued over greasy floor By LORNA KNOWLES Court Reporter 15jan02
DRUNKEN hotel patron Ross Lucock came up with a novel use for the humble pork chop when the bar manager told him to put his shoes on.
Having just won a meat tray, the prankster strapped two juicy cuts to his feet and paraded around the Jannali Inn, leaving a trail of grease behind him.
About two hours later, another hotel patron, Troy Michael Bowron, walked across the tiled floor and allegedly slipped on pork fat, breaking his arm and shoulder.
The 24-year-old upholsterer is now suing Mr Lucock and the Jannali Inn for more than $260,000 in the NSW District Court.
Mr Bowron alleges the hotel failed to maintain a clean and safe premises for its patrons.
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In a statement of claim, Mr Bowron said the hotel was negligent in: “Allowing or permitting the use of pork chops as footwear in circumstances that the defendant knew or should have known that such use would have produced a hidden trap and did so produce such hidden trap”.
Mr Bowron told the court he had lost 15 per cent of the use of his left upper arm as a result of the accident.
The Jannali Inn has filed a cross claim against Mr Lucock and Paul Da Costa, a patron it claims pushed Mr Bowron to the ground.
Mr Lucock, 31, admits he strapped the chops to his feet with masking tape, helped by another man in the bar.
He recalled the chop bones cutting into his feet, telling The Daily
Telegraph: “I’ve still got the scars.”
“There was a whole series of hijinx that night, a whole crowd of footballers. What happened, happened.”
Mr Bowron’s barrister Frank Stevens told the court on November 20 1997 a group of drinkers on the second floor of the hotel became rowdy after winning the meat tray.
“It appears there was great joviality among the drinkers . . . following which some person in authority was attracted to that area by the uproar,” Mr Stevens said.
“He pointed out to one of the party that in fact he didn’t have anything on his feet . . . and certain suggestions were made about what to do.
“One of the party strapped some pork chops, which were in the meat tray, on his feet and he started moving around the area in which the pool tables were situated on the second floor.”
Mr Stevens said once handled, pork chops became very greasy.
“Pork fat from the chops became strewn across the floor and made it inherently dangerous for anyone to proceed and walk on that floor,” he said.
Mr Stevens sought to amend his client’s statement of claim, increasing the damages to $260,000.
Judge Anthony Puckeridge told Mr Lucock, who appeared for himself, that he should find himself a lawyer.
“If I was in your position, the red light would be flashing,” Judge Puckeridge warned.
The case was adjourned for directions to February 25.