A workplace canteen dispute over three chicken nuggets has resulted in a worker being paid out £5,000.
Steven Smith claimed he felt "shocked" and "disillusioned" when he was handed the £1.99 portion and "antagonised" when told it would cost him 99p for extra, an employment tribunal heard.
Smith, 30, told the canteen employee, "If I wanted a happy meal I would go to McDonalds’," before pushing the meal back towards her and storming out, Metro reports. The canteen employee had been left "almost afraid to come into work"
Smith, who worked in human resources, was later sacked for gross misconduct by Scotland-based Teleperformance Limited who he had worked for since November 2016.
A tribunal has since found the dismissal was unfair because the incident was not investigated properly.
The lunchroom ruckus happened in September 2019 after Smith asked "is that it?" after ordering chicken nuggets, chips, beans and cheese.
The canteen worker told the tribunal: "I knew he was angry by his attitude and by his tone and language changed. He was not shouting but he was louder than he had previously been."
Smith was later called into a disciplinary hearing and was accused of "assaulting" the canteen worker.
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