A PROMINENT city retailer says he may a make a formal complaint to gardai after a young man entered his store and “staged” a fall in the hope of initiating a personal injuries claim.
The incident happened last week in the middle of the afternoon at Gleeson’s Spar, Catherine Street.
According to the store’s owner, Shane Gleeson, alert staff observed the man acting suspiciously after he went to the refridgerated section.
CCTV footage of the incident, seen by the Limerick Leader, captures the man, who appears to be aged in his early 20s, pouring some milk onto the floor before deliberately stepping in it and falling.
The footage also shows the man making a phone call while still lying on the shop floor.
According to Shane Gleeson, when he told the man to get up and leave the store he threatened to sue him.
“He told me he had phoned his solicitor and that it was going to cost me thousands, but we have heard nothing from his solicitor yet and if he does put in a claim we will ask the gardai to prosecute him for fraud,” said Mr Gleeson, who says the CCTV footage clearly shows the man “staged” the fall.
“On the video you can see him at the milk and spilling it and then he lines himself up for the trip and he very carefully went down without hurting himself. Then he started screaming and roaring,” he said.
According to Shane Gleeson, the recent incident shows how far some people are willing to go in the hope of making some money.
“These kind of people are desperate and they are chancers but I think modern technology has put an end to their antics. This sort of thing won’t work in any shop any more because of the quality of CCTV.