Man lands court instead of kiss

AN elderly man landed a court date instead of a kiss after he failed to successfully chat-up a young female sales assistant.

Philip Anderson pleaded guilty in the Warwick Magistrate's Court yesterday to public nuisance after an IGA staff member complained about his behaviour during her shift about 9am on September 22.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Steve de Lissa said officers received the complaint when the 72-year-old rubbed and kissed the female employee.

“She was serving him at the register and he's spoken suggestively to her, rubbed both his hands down her arm, leaned forward and kissed the staff member on the face and tried to (pull) her forward,” the police prosecutor said.

“She was offended and disgusted by his behaviour.”

The court heard Warwick Police officers observed the shop's security footage and soon located Anderson at home, where he denied attending the store.

“He's then admitted to having a joke with the staff member but said he didn't know her,” Snr Const de Lissa said.

The pensioner's defence counsel said his client was “joking around” but had now stopped the conduct as he often “gets misunderstood”.

Magistrate Anne Thacker said the conduct was not a joking matter and that Anderson should show some respect. He was fined $250 with no conviction recorded.



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