From the Law Society Gazette:
In Piccolo v Larkstock Ltd (t/a Chiltern Flowers), Chiltern Railway Co Ltd and ors
[unreported, QBD, HHJ Altman, 17 July 2007], the claimant sought
damages after slipping ‘on a petal’ (as reported by the media) as he
passed the florists at Marylebone Station in London.
However, although it had been argued that the fall had resulted from a single petal, the judge found that it was probably ‘a yellow flower or flowers’ and that there was also water on the floor.
Thousands of rail passengers passed close by every day. The station security guard had described the petals as ‘killers’. The florist had said that she operated a ‘clean as you go policy’, but the station manager had criticised this as reactive rather than proactive. The florist claimed not to recollect any previous accidents or complaints, but there was a catalogue of documented examples, including the comment that the unit ‘was a total disgrace’. The judge found that the florist was liable, but that the railway company was not. The judge found no contributory fault on the part of the claimant.