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Hull woman Gemma Gibbon asked shop for Karpackie lager and ended up in court for 'racist abuse'
A woman too drunk to buy alcohol at a shop has been cleared of racially abusing the manager because she was misheard asking for her favourite Karpackie lager.
Gemma Gibbon, 33, who described herself as an alcoholic, had already drunk "six or seven" cans of the 9 per cent strong Polish beer when she staggered into Sainsbury's in Spring Bank, west Hull, at about 5.30pm on March 28.
The manager declined to serve her, because she "looked intoxicated" and "couldn't stand on her feet", Hull Magistrates' Court heard. Gibbon refused to leave, and was accused of subjecting him to an expletive-laden tirade of racial and sexual abuse.
Opening the case against her, prosecutor Michael Masson said: "She was aggressive, shouting and swearing, and was asked to leave by the store manager. She asked him if he slept with children, asked if he was a P***, and when she continued to be aggressive was again asked to leave. She made declarations that he was a foreigner that slept with children."
Gibbon said: "I was being a bit of a pain, I was a bit loud.I just remember asking for more beer, and because I drink them Karpackies I'd asked for Karpackies, 'cos I drink them every day."
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