A 450-meter taxi ride to McDonald's has become a financial nightmare, costing a woman $ 1,500.
Rikki Jean Ripeka Rowland, 37, was drunk with a friend on July 5 when she took a taxi to take her to a McDonald's, which was only six minutes away on foot.
Rowland, a nurse, and her friend took the cab from the Octagon to the McDonald's on George Street in Dunedin, on the South Island of New Zealand.
A drunk woman and her friend called a taxi to take her to McDonald's 450 meters down the road.
In a few minutes, Rowland threw up inside the vehicle.
The angry taxi driver demanded that the two get out of the taxi while using the flashlight on their phone to call attention to the vomit.
Rowland reacted by grabbing the driver's phone from his hand, getting out of the taxi and throwing it on the ground, damaging the device.
The case was brought to the Dunedin District Court.
The damage to the phone cost almost $ 1,300 while cleaning the taxi cost $ 250, the court heard.
& # 39; It's a cheap job … I would not have [cleaned] for that amount, "said Judge Kevin Phillips.
Defense attorney Val Farrow said Rowland was experiencing personal and stressful difficulties at the time of the incident.
While the judge condemned the nurse's actions, he said that Rowland's drunken behavior was a way to relieve his stress, which could have been the only rational reason.
Rowland was much appreciated with letters favoring the nurse of a lawyer, counselor and doctor.
Rowland was convicted of his drunken acts and the judge ordered him to pay for the reparation.
The woman took a taxi from the Octagon to McDonald's 450 meters down the road.