Pies fly at dairy in eft­pos dis­pute

Taranaki Daily News - - News -

Pies flew at a Taranaki dairy dur­ing an ar­gu­ment be­tween a hun­gry woman and the shop owner, a court heard.

Stacy Pa­tri­cia McFadyen went to the Sun­shine Dairy in Ha¯ wera at 7.35am on Sun­day morn­ing to buy a pie and some cig­a­rettes, but her eft­pos card was twice de­clined as a means of pay­ment.

Be­cause McFadyen had al­ready opened the wrap­per of the pie, the owner of the dairy wanted money for the food and kept her eft­pos card, po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Steve Hickey told the town’s district court.

An ar­gu­ment started and McFadyen threw the pie at the dairy owner.

A pie was then thrown back at her.

Af­ter this, McFadyen reached over a rack of chew­ing gum, grabbed the woman by her hair and started to shake her around, he said.

The vic­tim was let go and went to get her hus­band and to call the po­lice, he said.

McFadyen took two more pies out of the warmer and threw one at the back door.

She also knocked over a card­board stand of potato chips, mak­ing a mess on the floor.

The owner locked McFadyen in­side the shop un­til po­lice ar­rived.

In ex­pla­na­tion, McFadyen told po­lice all she had wanted was a pie and to go home and sleep.

The vic­tim would not give her eft­pos card back, so she pulled her hair, Hickey said.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, McFadyen was caught driv­ing on March 19, just six days af­ter she was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for six months by the court on March 13.

In Ha¯ wera District Court yes­ter­day she pleaded guilty to charges of as­sault, disor­derly be­hav­iour and dis­qual­i­fied driv­ing.

Judge Chris Sy­grove re­manded her for sen­tenc­ing on May 29 and or­dered a pre-sen­tence re­port.

- By Cather­ine Groenestein

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