Chef smashed up phone box at Butlins in Ingoldmells that ‘swallowed’ his money

News from the courts. ANL-170320-091850001
News from the courts. ANL-170320-091850001

A chef at Butlins smashed up a public telephone box after it ‘swallowed’ his money as he was trying to ring his own mobile so he could find where he had left it.

James John Smith, 35, of Roman Bank, Skegness, admitted causing £172 worth of damage to the telephone on July 16, when he appeared before magistrates in Boston.

Prosecuting, Marie Stace said security staff from Butlins watched Smith go the kiosk and cause the damage, and informed the police.

He told officers he was drunk and had lost his mobile phone and so was using the public phone to ring himself to try and trace his mobile but it swallowed his money and he ‘lost his temper’ and smashed the handset.

Mitigating, Mark Hudson said Smith had worked as a chef at Butlins ‘for many years’ but had now lost his job because of this.

He told the magistrates Smith, who has no previous convictions, was ‘extremely embarrassed’ by his actions.

Smith was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £172 in compensation and £105 in costs and charges.