Mr Stephen Graham Olding , 48 years old, British constructor has started sueing Singapore Airlines for letting him drink a glass of pineapple juice with 2 very small pieces of glasses in the glass. Mr Olding said that he flew Singapore Airlines from Bangkok to Hong Kong (Assuming he had a stop via Hong Kong as SQ has no direct flights from Bangkok to Hong Kong) on 26th September 2000. During his flight he drank his girlfriend's pineapple juice, and while drinking he "felt" that there were 2 very small pieces of glasses in the juice, and claimed himself that he was internally injured. 2 days later when he arrived in Hong Kong he went to a local hospital and claimed that he stayed in the hospital for 10 days, paying a deposit of 20,000 HK dollars.
Mr Olding said that he came to Hong Kong to finish a contract with an Australian Glass Company, and provide glasses on-time. However he has to break the contract, that means have to pay a certain amount of penalty, and so he's sueing SQ for NOT preparing the meals onboard properly, causing damage and injuries to passengers. He's now claiming 369,000 HK dollars as a compensation, including accomodation, hospital charges and penalties.
At court yesterday Mr Olding said that while he was drinking the juice he could not see any objects in the glass, only guessing the size when he drank a bit of the pineapple juice. When he stucked a finger into the glass he discovered there were still glasses in it, so he complained to a crew onboard. He said that the crew also stucked a finger into the glass, and also asked Mr. Olding if he's feeling sick.
Defender of Singapore Airlines however, said that they did no recieve any complains. Also from the 4 different medical reports, there were no signs that Mr Olding had any internal injuries caused by the glasses he claimed, or internally bleeding. And according to the crew that had contact with him, he was actually taking alchohol, and was actually drunk, and maybe he was only imagining that there were pieces of glasses in the juice. Defender of Singapore Airlines also said that they will never provide any beverages with glasses.
Case DCPI 145/01 will continue next month on the 22nd at the regional court.