Son trau­ma­tised in take­away row

Herald Express - - News - BY STAFF RE­PORTER

ADEVON man on his way home from work with his son was de­tained by three po­lice units and breathal­ysed in front of 100 cus­tomers after com­plain­ing to a KFC man­ager about a 20-minute wait for chicken.

Robin Rickard, man­ager of the New­ton Ab­bot branch of Ice­land, took his son to the new­est branch of KFC at Marsh Mills in Ply­mouth and paid for £23 worth of food at 8pm last Sat­ur­day night.

After he had paid at the drive through staff told him they were about to run out of food and he would have to wait so Robin, un­happy, com­plained to the duty man­ager.

Mr Rickard says the man­ager saw an un­opened four-pack of cider in the back seat of his black BMW and asked if he had been drink­ing. He was told to wait in the car park – not know­ing staff had called po­lice.

Three po­lice units ar­rived, or­dered Mr Rickard, 47, out of his car and breathal­ysed him. He blew clear. Mr Rickard said: “I am very, very upset. I’m so upset for my son who had to wit­ness his dad be­ing taken from the car and was made to feel guilty be­fore even be­ing breathal­ysed. He didn’t de­serve all of that on a Sat­ur­day night on the week­end of his birth­day. He hasn’t slept in 48 hours.

“I passed the test, very, very eas­ily, be­cause I knew I wasn’t in the wrong. But now I have got the em­bar­rass­ment of be­tween 70 and 100 din­ers from that two-storey take­away know­ing I had been breathal­ysed.”

Ex­plain­ing his ver­sion of events, Mr Rickard said: “I got through the drive-thru at 8.11pm (on Sat­ur­day evening). I or­dered £23.85 of KFC meals and ac­com­pa­ni­ments.

“I was wait­ing for my chick- en in the drive though when the as­sis­tant man­ager told me that un­for­tu­nately they couldn’t com­plete my or­der be­cause they were run­ning low on food – they had 20 min­utes worth of food left.

“I said, ‘Are you se­ri­ous, it’s 8pm on a Sat­ur­day!’ I asked to speak to the store man­ager. A duty man­ager came out and I said it’s not ac­cept­able. I said if it means us wait­ing, we will, be­cause it’s my son’s birth­day.

“They ques­tioned if I had been drink­ing. I said I’ve just fin­ished work so of course I wouldn’t have been drink­ing.”

Robin says he was told to park up – which is when things re­ally es­ca­lated. “Sud­denly, three po­lice cars sur­rounded my car. They got me out of the car and told me KFC had re­ported me for drink driv­ing.”

Devon and Corn­wall Po­lice says it has no log in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent as thou­sands of driv­ers are rou­tinely breathal­ysed and get the all clear.

Jacque­line Ed­wards and Kristy Ed­wards, aka DJ Weasel, won out­stand­ing team mem­bers

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