Store ordered to compensate client

Pinetown Checkers supermarket must compensate a customer whose arms were injured when she slipped and fell in an oily patch in the supermarket in September 2005.

Pinetown Checkers supermarket must compensate a customer whose arms were injured when she slipped and fell in an oily patch in the supermarket in September 2005.

Judge Nic van der Reyden ruled in favour of the customer, Esme Lindsay, in the Pietermaritzburg high court yesterday.

The customer claimed R465000 from the supermarket, but the amount to be awarded is still to be decided.

Van der Reyden said that only one cleaner was on duty between 2pm and 6pm to deal with hazardous spillages in a shop with 15000 square metres of floor space and about 22 aisles.

The supermarket must also pay the costs of the litigation. - Sapa

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