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Jessie sues Tesco after she slips on a grape; OAP's pounds 6000 bid.

A pensioner yesterday launched her court battle with supermarket chiefs over her slipping on a GRAPE.

Jessie McFarlane, 73, wants pounds 6000 in damages after breaking her arm in a fall at Tesco.

She claims store staff had failed to properly clean the floor in the fruit and veg department.

Tesco, who deny liability, admit staff found a grape on the floor after the accident, but say Jessie should have looked where she was going.

The pensioner slipped while shopping at the busy Stirling branch in October 1996.

Jessie, of Mount Pleasant, Coalsnaughton, Clackmannanshire, hit her arm on the metal rail of a display unit as she tried to break her fall.

Her son Lloyd, who was with her, took her to hospital where doctors found her arm was broken.

Jessie claims she still suffers occasional pain and has problems lifting things.

At Stirling Sheriff Court yesterday, Jessie said in her claim that Tesco should have taken reasonable care to make sure the floor was free of debris.

But the supermarket insist it was checked every half-hour and had been inspected less than five minutes before the accident.

A health and safety official inspected the floor after Jessie's fall and said the company had done everything it could to prevent such an accident, including putting down a non-slip mat.

The case was adjourned until next month.
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