Drunken cyclist in chicken suit wreaks havoc in branch of Tesco

21-year-old given conditional discharge after admittingh theatening behaviour

by Simon_MacMichael   April 30, 2011  

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A drunken man dressed in a chicken suit and riding a bicycle has been given a 12-month conditional discharge and told to pay £85 costs after wreaking havoc in the aisles of a supermarket in Yorkshire, reports the Telegraph and Argus.

Skipton Magistrates’ Court was told that Max McGratten, aged 21, wearing a chicken costume complete with mask, rode into the town’s Tesco store at around 8pm on April 15, careering into a clothing display and shouting abuse at staff and people shopping there.

In as statement read out before the court, security guard David White related how when he told McGatten that he would summon police, the cyclist headed for the exit. He was brought back into the store with the help of three members of staff. McGatten subsequently threatened to find out where members of staff lived and kill them.

The newspaper reports that police identified McGatten after removing his chicken mask.

McGatten, who pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour likely to cause distress, told the court: “I’d had a few beers. It was absolutely stupid, my own fault and I’m sorry.”

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lol Big Grin

I blame Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

posted by 37monkey [143 posts]
30th April 2011 - 11:14

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Quote "The newspaper reports that police identified McGatten after removing his chicken mask."

Brilliant detective work but probably only after they sent for the RSPCA and waited 2 hours for an interpreter who could speak chicken.

Did Nightrider 2013 for Parkinson's UK, doing it again this year just for the fun of it and to raise more money.

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posted by jova54 [604 posts]
30th April 2011 - 12:40

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I wonder if they had to wait for scooby, shaggy and the mystery mobile before they took his mask off? he would have got away with it if it hadn't been for those pesky kids Plain Face

posted by 37monkey [143 posts]
30th April 2011 - 13:14

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I wonder how the order of events went? Chicken suit on then several beers or fumble with the chicken suit while inebriated? Then remember that you live a mile away from the shop which you wish to terrorise and therefore need to get there and stumbling there by chicken foot would look silly.

It's not just about the size of your cog.

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posted by TRs Blurb n Blog [270 posts]
30th April 2011 - 14:44

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How long before a Tory MP announces a bill for a specific law to address the growing problem of chicken suited cyclist wreaking havoc in our towns an cities?

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posted by TheHatter [810 posts]
30th April 2011 - 16:36

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Good job no one was seriously hurt - but note that the chicken was not wearing a helmet.

47 years of breaking bikes and still they offer me a 10 year frame warranty!

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posted by A V Lowe [481 posts]
1st May 2011 - 13:16

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This pushes the definition of "cyclist" a little - now it has to include not only people on bikes dressed up like highway engineers, but this guy, too.

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posted by PJ McNally [586 posts]
2nd May 2011 - 6:49

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PJ McNally wrote:
This pushes the definition of "cyclist" a little

I agree. Ram-raiders are never reported as being "thieving motorists" and alcoholic wife-beaters aren't described as "drunken baseball players" if their weapon of choice happens to be a baseball bat.

posted by handlebarcam [527 posts]
3rd May 2011 - 18:57

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Drunken man in a chicken suit abuses staff in supermarket is hardly news, add a bicycle to the equation and thats a whole different kettle of fish. Big Grin

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posted by boffo [30 posts]
3rd May 2011 - 19:25

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boffo wrote:
add a bicycle to the equation and thats a whole different kettle of fish.

There was a kettle of fish in a Tescos? Now that would be news. But they wouldn't be on bikes, because fish have about as much need for bicycles as women do men.

posted by handlebarcam [527 posts]
3rd May 2011 - 19:39

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I'd like to know what you drink to make you act like this. That way I can avoid it. Personally I keep my cycling dressed as a chicken secret...

If cycling is indeed a sport of self-abuse why aren't more cyclists sectioned under the mental health act?

posted by hairyairey [279 posts]
3rd May 2011 - 21:51

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Was he charged with 'fowl' play? Maybe he had been drinking Old Speckled Hen? Big Grin

posted by Richard [2 posts]
3rd May 2011 - 22:23

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Surely Tesco's are trying to encourage free range chickens now?

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1058 posts]
4th May 2011 - 9:57

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