Face mask farce as man claims his thumb was broken by casino staff when asked to put one on for $300,000
- A janitor is suing Star casino for $300,000
- He claims that security broke his thumb last February
A man is suing Star casino for $300,000 over claims that security was so forceful when they kicked him out of a venue for not wearing a face mask that they broke his thumb.
Jamie Crompton, 37, a Queensland concrete worker, filed the claim in Southport District Court this week following the incident in February last year.
He claims security personnel used “grossly excessive” force in escorting him out of the Star Gold Coast casino in Broadbeach, the Courier Mail reports.
‘The croupier/dealer at the table asked (Mr Crompton) to put on his face mask… [he] initially wondered if it was still mandatory to wear face masks, and then complied with the request,” says Shine Lawyers’ claim.
‘After [Mr Crompton] put his mask on the croupier/dealer told (him) that he was ‘too drunk’ and had to leave the premises.
‘[Mr Crompton] calmly informed the croupier that he was not drunk and asked… why he had to leave. The croupier/dealer then called the defendant’s security guards for assistance.’
Queensland concrete worker Jamie Crompton (above) is suing Star casino after security allegedly broke his thumb last February
The claim then claims that the two security guards “threw [Mr Crompton] on the ground’ and tried to restrain him ‘forcibly’ by placing his wrists behind his back.
Mr Crompton claims he has ‘repeatedly’ asked the bouncers to relieve pressure on his wrists, particularly on his left as it had a metal plate from an old injury.
Instead, the 37-year-old was reportedly pinned to the ground for two minutes and 43 seconds before being lifted and escorted out of the building.
“Despite (his) pleas, security personnel have not relaxed the strength of their restrictions, and if anything, the restrictions have become more powerful,” the claim reads.
Mr Crompton claims he was in ‘immense pain’ after the incident, but at no point was aggressive towards the bouncers.
“The force used by the defendant’s security personnel during the incident was extremely excessive and a wholly overreaction in the circumstances,” the claim reads.
Mr Crompton is suing for $300,360.21 in damages – including past and future loss of income, painkillers and hand therapy – for the incident at his Broadbeach casino (above)
Mr Crompton claims the incident left him with a broken thumb, sprained fingers, sprained spine and facial abrasions, as well as PTSD, anxiety, stress and depression.
He is suing for $300,360.21 in damages, including past and future loss of income, pain medications and hand therapy.
A Star Entertainment spokesperson told Courier Mail that it would be inappropriate to comment as the matter was before the courts.