Starbucks pays out £75k to girl not given tray to carry tea


Starbucks has agreed to pay £75,000 to a schoolgirl who was seriously scalded when trying to carry drinks without the provision of a tray.

Demi Mooney, who was 12 at the time, suffered burns on her arms when freshly-made hot tea spilled as she was carrying it in a Dublin branch of Starbucks four years ago.

The High Court heard that she was holding a Frappuccino coffee in her left hand, a cookie in her right and the tea between her elbow and ribs when the tea spilt on her.

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In her action, which was brought on her behalf by her mother, Siobhan Mooney, it was claimed that she should have been provided with a tray for the hot drinks, particularly as she was a child.

Coffee Unlimited Company, trading as Starbucks, fully contested the case and the court heard there were issues of whether she had been offered a tray and of contributory negligence.

According to the Irish Independent, Michael Byrne SC, for Demi, said an offer of €85,000 (£75,000) had been made by the defendant.

Given the claim of contributory negligence, which counsel said was in the region of 20% to 25%, and a prognosis that the scarring to her arm was permanent, it was felt this was a “fair and reasonable” offer.

The paper added that Mr Justice Simons was satisfied to approve the offer, as it would come very close to what a judge might decide the case was worth if it were successful at trial.

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