Drunken woman’s foul-mouthed tirade in town centre eatery

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court
Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court

A woman who subjected staff at a Wigan fast food restaurant to a foul-mouthed drunken tirade in front of children has been fined by magistrates.

Customers at the McDonald’s eatery on Standishgate had to be ushered to an upstairs room because of Karen O’Malley’s aggressive, alcohol-fuelled behaviour, Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court was told.

The bench heard that O’Malley, of George Street in Atherton, sat down in the restaurant and began drinking from a bottle of vodka at around 6.15pm on Wednesday.

The manager told her that she was not allowed to drink alcohol on the premises and at that point she started swearing at him and was still abusive when he asked her to leave.

Prosecuting, Nicola Ormerod told the court that 47-year-old O’Malley then threw the bottle across the room when security were summoned to the scene.

And she also swore at police officers when they arrived.

The court was also told that O’Malley was already subject to an alcohol treatment requirement that had been imposed in January and was also on bail as she had been accused of a racially-aggravated public order offence for which she will appear at a Bolton court in May.

Defending, Peter Moran said that his client was an alcoholic and remembered very little of the incident at McDonald’s.

Mr Moran said: “She doesn’t dispute the circumstances and apologises to all concerned.

“The best thing that can be said is that she now has stability in her home environment.

“She had come into Wigan to sort out some aspect of her benefits, met friends and as it was a nice day got into drinking.

“This is unfortunately a route she takes quite regularly.”

The magistrates fined her a total of £175, ordering her to pay £40 for the offence as well as £20 for breaching a conditional discharge, £30 as a victim’s surcharge and £85 in costs.

The money will be deducted from her benefits.