Irate customer drives through store window

2010-07-24 16:29

A Cape Town store manager narrowly escaped injury when an “irate

customer” drove his car through a shop window this afternoon.

“... it is believed that a man in his early 60s apparently became

argumentative after buying beer at a store in the centre,” said Netcare 911

spokeswoman Lauren Copley.

“Minutes later, after leaving the store, he drove his Golf through

the front glass door of the store, narrowly missing the female manager who was

standing at the entrance.”

The impact completely shattered the frame and glass of the 4m-by-4m

door, at the shop in the Aroma shopping centre in Van Riebeeck Road,

Kuilsrivier, at around 3.30pm.

“The man’s five-year old granddaughter was apparently sitting in

the front passenger seat.”

She was not hurt, said Copley.

The 38-year old store employee sustained lacerations to her right


She was “very lucky not to have been more seriously injured”, said

paramedics at the scene. The woman was taken to Netcare Kuilsrivier


Police said they had arrested the 68-year-old man on charges of

driving under the influence of liquor.

Captain Isaac van Niekerk said the man was being held in the

Kuilsrivier police cells.


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