Court rejects thrown kebab damages

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

MUNICH, Germany -- A German court has rejected an employee's demand that a customer pay damages for throwing a half-eaten kebab at her.

The claim stems from an altercation in which a customer unsuccessfully demanded his money back. He says he tossed the food behind the counter.

The employee claims the customer called her a "stupid cow" and aimed the kebab at her. She says she narrowly avoided the flying kebab and sought at least $390 in damages.

The court in Munich said in a ruling made public Monday that the employee failed to prove her claim -- and that it doesn't matter anyway.

The ruling says she's not entitled to damages because being targeted with a kebab does not constitute a "serious violation ... of human dignity and honor."

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