Cyclist fined after threatening to stab Halfords worker in puncture repair row

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

by Simon_MacMichael   April 5, 2014  

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."

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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.

posted by hounslowrob [27 posts]
5th April 2014 - 11:49

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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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posted by STATO [423 posts]
5th April 2014 - 12:01

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Thats pretty standard pricing nothing un-reasonable!

posted by sbcc [2 posts]
5th April 2014 - 12:04

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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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posted by the inner chimp [4 posts]
5th April 2014 - 12:09

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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.

Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

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posted by jmaccelari [173 posts]
5th April 2014 - 12:21

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Learn to do it yourself then

posted by jazzykoenig [16 posts]
5th April 2014 - 12:33

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A €400 fine? Seems a little excessive, I could get 40 inner tubes replaced for that much...

posted by Steezysix [12 posts]
5th April 2014 - 13:00

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Wonder if he ever got the inner tube replaced...

My brain takes on routes my lungs & legs can't deliver.

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posted by matheson [35 posts]
5th April 2014 - 14:12

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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

posted by lolol [130 posts]
5th April 2014 - 14:22

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

posted by Mart [109 posts]
5th April 2014 - 15:22

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All that because he "felt his consumer rights were being infringed"?

Nutter...

posted by jacknorell [577 posts]
5th April 2014 - 15:26

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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.

onward ever onward

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posted by bikecellar [230 posts]
5th April 2014 - 16:37

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Hmm I wonder if they managed to get the tyre and tube on in the right order...

posted by horizontal dropout [170 posts]
5th April 2014 - 16:41

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He ought to try and patch things up.......

posted by allez neg [4 posts]
5th April 2014 - 18:23

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

Elementary, Watson....

Asolare

posted by Goldfever4 [170 posts]
5th April 2014 - 18:25

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Quiet cycling-related news day.

I was told there would be Cake. Luckily there's http://TestValleyCC.org.uk

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posted by KiwiMike [628 posts]
5th April 2014 - 18:57

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To be honest, every time I go to halfords I want to stab them in the face

posted by jason.timothy.jones [303 posts]
5th April 2014 - 18:57

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Same applies to many retail staff, there can be problems on both sides of the counter !

posted by Urban_Manc [20 posts]
5th April 2014 - 19:00

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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 !

posted by philtregear [81 posts]
5th April 2014 - 21:50

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Its the weekly "Random Nutter on Bicycle" story...

Move along.

My eyes prefer Celeste, my bum prefers titanium.

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posted by Jack Osbourne snr [310 posts]
5th April 2014 - 22:22

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Surely they could have found a better...... solution......

Headline should be 'angry nutter can ride bike'

All Campag

posted by Flying Scot [679 posts]
6th April 2014 - 9:08

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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?)

posted by FluffyKittenofT... [751 posts]
6th April 2014 - 15:21

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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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posted by Shamblesuk [122 posts]
6th April 2014 - 17:32

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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.

Cycling is like a church - many attend, but few understand.

posted by oozaveared [745 posts]
7th April 2014 - 13:24

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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

posted by jason.timothy.jones [303 posts]
7th April 2014 - 14:06

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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.

posted by Ciaran Patrick [119 posts]
8th April 2014 - 18:48

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