Bar ordered to compensate customer

2012-12-03 11:17

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Pretoria - A North Gauteng High Court judge has ordered a Centurion sports bar to compensate former customer Jamie Percy Hazel for damages he suffered when he fell and dislocated his shoulder in the washroom in 2009, Beeld reported on Monday.

One employee was not enough to work in the kitchen and clean the washroom area's floors to prevent customers from slipping and injuring themselves, Judge Moses Mavundla said.

According to testimony heard in court, Hazel visited the pub with friends and family, and went to the toilet between midnight and 01:00, where he slipped on the wet floor and fell backwards.

Hazel told the court he had had four beers, but wasn't drunk - a claim contested by sports bar owners.

Elsie Maseko, who worked at the sports bar from 2008 to 2010, testified for Hazel, and said that she had to wash the dishes, clean the floors and clean the men and women's washrooms.

On Saturday nights, she told the court, when the bar was full of customers, the washroom floors became "dirty and watery" and the floors were littered with broken glass.

Mavundla ordered the sports bar to pay Hazel for any damages he could prove, and to pay Hazel's legal costs.

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