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.
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.