Millionaire Verbally Abused Airport Staff And Said He Should Be Treated Better Because 'He's Rich'
A millionaire has been ordered to pay over £3,000 after he kicked off in an airport, demanding to be treated better because he is rich.
Neil Grinnall, 56, became angry after Ryanair staff told him his hand luggage was too heavy for his flight from Bournemouth to Malaga.
Catia Figueira and Michelle Gillingham were then subjected to a torrent of abuse, leaving them 'petrified'.
A court heard he called them 'f***ing fat b****es' and began to shout 'this is f***ing ridiculous' before he declared he would never fly from the airport again.
When he was arrested, he told police that he's 'a rich man' and had paid more money for his seat so he had 'expected more courtesy'.
Grinnall then tried to pay the two victims off in order to avoid the case going to court, but they refused.
He's been fined £2,500 and has had to pay £200 compensation each to both of the victims. He admitted using threatening and abusive language towards them.
He was also ordered to pay £310 in court costs and a £170 victim surcharge.
Thomas Evans, mitigating, claimed that Grinnall felt 'genuine remorse' for what had happened and had said he would give the women a 'face-to-face apology'.
Although he missed the first flight to Spain, he did catch a later one - he posted a picture of himself in Marbella just four days later and also had to fly back from another holiday for the hearing.
Kingsleigh Viollet, prosecuting, told magistrates that Grinnall was hoping to catch a Ryanair flight to Malaga on the morning of May 23, 2018, when he kicked off.
He said: "He has been told his hand luggage was overweight and had lost his temper and started shouting.
"He shouted things like ''this is f*****g ridiculous' and called both of them ''f*****g fat b*****s'.
"These women were just doing their job and they were understandably petrified."
He added: "In his interview with the police Mr Grinnall basically said 'I am a rich man' and believed that by paying more for his seat he deserved more courtesy."
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