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Tourist fined over attack at McDonald's in Cairns

A SCOTTISH tourist who flew into a rage and threw an EFTPOS machine
at a McDonald's manager in Queensland because he couldn't order what
he wanted has been fined $500.

Andrew Hamish Deans, 20, from Edinburgh, pleaded guilty in Cairns
Magistrates' Court yesterday to a public nuisance offence, The Cairns
Post reports.

The court heard he and two friends went to the McDonald's on the Cairns
Esplanade at about 5am on October 5 and when they were told that only
the breakfast menu was on offer, they became angry and aggressive
toward the staff.

When the manager intervened, Deans threw the EFTPOS machine at his
head, cutting him.

Deans' defence solicitor John Magoffin said his client acknowledged his
behaviour was unacceptable.

Mr Magoffin said the manager swore at the group and knocked his friend's
credit cards on to the floor before his client threw the EFTPOS machine.

He said Deans co-operated with police at all times and agreed he had no
excuse for the offence.

Mr Magoffin asked that no conviction be recorded because his client was
on a working holiday visa and hoped to remain in the country for another
12 months.

Magistrate Joe Pinder said McDonald's staff had enough difficulties dealing
with drunks in the early hours of the morning without being assaulted.

He fined Deans and did not record a conviction.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24639909-1248,00.html
 
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