Pub diner caught putting shard of glass into her mouth before fake choking

A pub diner was caught on camera putting a shard of glass into her mouth in a bid to claim compensation.

The woman pretended to choke and complained to staff that the glass had been in her food.

But a CCTV camera at the Judge Roy Beans bar in Newbridge, Co Kildare, Ireland, caught her appearing to place the shard in her own mouth.

Pub owner Vivian Carroll told Irish Mirror: "Sadly, this is typical of what I and many other publicans face on a weekly basis.

"It’s clear from the footage that after hiding glass in her clothes, this person then deliberately places it in her mouth. She told a member of staff that the glass was in her food, which was obviously not the case.

"But if it wasn’t for security cameras I could possibly have faced a massive claim."

She said the entire incident had been recorded and the Gardaí were alerted, but they let her go after taking her details.

Padraig Cirbben, chief executive of Vintner's Federation of Ireland, slammed the 'compo culture' saying it could force businesses to close.

He said: "The so-called 'compo culture' stems from the fact that people think they can get away with making outrageous insurance claims, a belief supported and encouraged by some within the legal sector and facilitated by insurers settling dubious claims."

Peter Boland, director of the Alliance for Insurance Reform, said: "This footage is a timely reminder of the type of personal injury incidents experienced by organisations all over Ireland and the crippling insurance costs they cause.

"Unsustainable insurance costs are now pervasive right across Irish society and threaten the ability of small businesses, charities, voluntary groups, sports and arts organisations and festivals to function or survive.

"Equally, incidents like this demonise legitimate claimants for whom insurance cover is intended."

He added: "The slow pace of reform by Government to address this crisis is compounding the issue. Despite all the political promises we have heard, we have yet to see tangible evidence of reforms that will make a real difference. 

"Reforms like the establishment of a fully-funded and resourced Gardaí response, a meaningful reduction in the level of general damages being granted for minor, fully-recovered injuries and a commitment from the insurance industry to quantify the scale of promised premium reductions."

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