Drunk man threw cookie and threatened to shoot staff at McDonald’s

McDonald's restaurant Ballymena
McDonald’s restaurant Ballymena

A man stole a cookie from a display at McDonald’s restaurant in Ballymena which he then threw at and hit a manageress whilst also threatening to “shoot” staff.

Ricky Carlin (43), with an address at the Lighthouse hostel at Ballymena’s Linenhall Street, became disorderly and was verbally abusive to staff around 3.45am on December 4 last year.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday the defendant was sentenced for the theft of a 99pence cookie; assault and disorderly behaviour.

The court heard he told police he had no intention of carrying out a shooting and claimed it was “just the drink talking”.

Carlin also pleaded guilty to being disorderly on two occasions in October last year including one incident near McDonald’s when he was swearing loudly and arguing with two other males whilst a number of children were in the area at school closing time.

A drunk Carlin called a person a “smelly b-stard” and refused to calm down or police.

On another occasion at his hostel police were called after Carlin was drunk whilst pulling bins around and shouting foul language.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine claimed the defendant had lifted the cookie because he was “unhappy with his meal”.

He said no injuries were received as a result of the cookie throwing incident.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant had displayed “poor” behaviour not once or twice but three times and they all involved him being drunk and disorderly whilst the cookie incident was aggravated by an assault on a member of staff.

Carlin was given a four months jail term, suspended for two years and also made the subject of a two year restraining order which bans him from having any contact with the employee he assaulted and also bans him from entering McDonald’s in Ballymena.

The judge said he was sure there were other places Carlin could go to eat.

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