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Court in Dublin hears of threats and verbal abuse after Laurence Maguire was told of cost of replacing inner tube

A Dublin cyclist has been fined for causing a breach of the peace at a branch of Halfords after he threatened to stab a sales assistant during an argument the cost of replacing an inner tube.

Laurence Maguire, aged 62, had gone to the store at Malahide Road Business Park in Coolock in the Irish capital's Northside after the tyre on his bike’s rear wheel punctured, reports Independent.ie.

The Halfords employee told Dublin District Court that Maguire became angry when he was told it would cost €9.99 (£8.26) to replace the inner tube.

It is unclear whether that reflected just the price of the inner tube or the cost of fitting it, or both.

The sales assistant said: "He started shouting at me that he was going to stab me and bring his friends to the store.

"We couldn't calm him down. He became louder and more violent."

Store staff called the gardai [police] who said that Maguire continued to swear at them and at Halfords employees outside the store.

Maguire had pleaded not guilty, although his solicitor said that he accepted he had used “certain words” that he now regretted.

He added that his client was sorry for how he spoke to the sales assistant, which he said was because he felt his consumer rights were being infringed.

Judge Cormac Dunne imposed a €400 fine on Maguire and said he had inflicted "gratuitous and unjustified abuse" on the shop’s workers.

The judge said he believed Maguire has "some anger management problem."

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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hounslowrob [28 posts] 2 years ago
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That's labour cost only, presumably nutter would have called in a bomb threat with the extra 4 or 5 quid for the tube added on.

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STATO [497 posts] 2 years ago
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Pretty sure its £9.99 for tube and fitting. Shocking how people have anger issues and cant see a problem with it.

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sbcc [2 posts] 2 years ago
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Thats pretty standard pricing nothing un-reasonable!

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the inner chimp [4 posts] 2 years ago
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Nah that's the fitting cost. When I used to work there it was 7 euros for the tube and 7 euros to fit. I used to use the fitting cost as an educational cost so at least customers felt they were getting value for money. The staff see nothing of the labour costs. That goes straight to the Halfords coffers

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the inner chimp [4 posts] 2 years ago
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Nah that's the fitting cost. When I used to work there it was 7 euros for the tube and 7 euros to fit. I used to use the fitting cost as an educational cost so at least customers felt they were getting value for money. The staff see nothing of the labour costs. That goes straight to the Halfords coffers

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jmaccelari [240 posts] 2 years ago
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Obviously a very angry person. I shudder to think what he must be like when he's on his bike in the traffic.

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jazzykoenig [16 posts] 2 years ago
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Learn to do it yourself then

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Steezysix [19 posts] 2 years ago
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A €400 fine? Seems a little excessive, I could get 40 inner tubes replaced for that much...

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matheson [54 posts] 2 years ago
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Wonder if he ever got the inner tube replaced...

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lolol [192 posts] 2 years ago
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Thats not a cyclist, as in an enthusiast, its a nutter who happens to own a bike, I hate being tarred with the same brush as these losers

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Mart [110 posts] 2 years ago
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Threatening to stab someone for following company policy is totally unforgivable.

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jacknorell [963 posts] 2 years ago
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All that because he "felt his consumer rights were being infringed"?

Nutter...

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bikecellar [268 posts] 2 years ago
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Yes , working in the retail environment can be "challenging" anyone can come through the doors, and many feel entitled to leave good manners outside. Happy days.

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horizontal dropout [269 posts] 2 years ago
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Hmm I wonder if they managed to get the tyre and tube on in the right order...

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allez neg [497 posts] 2 years ago
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He ought to try and patch things up.......

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Goldfever4 [220 posts] 2 years ago
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The judge said he believed Maguire has "some anger management problem"

Elementary, Watson....

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KiwiMike [1184 posts] 2 years ago
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Quiet cycling-related news day.

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jason.timothy.jones [294 posts] 2 years ago
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To be honest, every time I go to halfords I want to stab them in the face

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Urban_Manc [31 posts] 2 years ago
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Same applies to many retail staff, there can be problems on both sides of the counter !

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philtregear [112 posts] 2 years ago
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lolol wrote:

Thats not a cyclist, as in an enthusiast, its a nutter who happens to own a bike, I hate being tarred with the same brush as these losers

not all cyclists are saints, not even all enthusiasts! However,I, of course, am perfect !

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Jack Osbourne snr [430 posts] 2 years ago
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Its the weekly "Random Nutter on Bicycle" story...

Move along.

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Flying Scot [918 posts] 2 years ago
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Surely they could have found a better...... solution......

Headline should be 'angry nutter can ride bike'

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FluffyKittenofT... [1191 posts] 2 years ago
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Dublin, eh?
Reassuring to hear that people are pretty much the same everywhere! I was concerned that all the deranged,inexplicably angry people in the world lived in my neighbourhood, but now I can rest a bit easier!

(Its not _really_ a cycling story though, is it?)

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Shamblesuk [145 posts] 2 years ago
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Insatead of moaning about the staff in there, just avoid the place. Simple. I rarely go there, but their sales are usually quite good, especially for clothes. Yes, you're not going to buy a Dura Ace chainset in there but just search out the bargains.

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oozaveared [936 posts] 2 years ago
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Mart wrote:

Threatening to stab someone for following company policy is totally unforgivable.

To be fair it's unforgiveable even if they weren't following company policy.

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jason.timothy.jones [294 posts] 2 years ago
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oozaveared wrote:
Mart wrote:

Threatening to stab someone for following company policy is totally unforgivable.

To be fair it's unforgiveable even if they weren't following company policy.

ok i had to chuckle at that one

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Ciaran Patrick [116 posts] 2 years ago
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I was once called that 'deaf cunt' once in a store but company policy stipulated that it was fair and that as a hearing impaired person I 'was not the type of customer we would to see in our store'. This was Virgin Media but I do wonder about company policy sometimes but threatening to stab someone over what I can see as a roughly reasonable price is excessive.

Why didn't he just do the tyre himself or get Halfords to show him how to do it. That could have been an interesting exchange if you think about it.