Starbucks staff flee Scots store after customer throws chairs and smashes windows

Staff at a Starbucks in Edinburgh were forced to flee after a customer smashed up the coffee shop in a 'drunken meltdown'.

Shocking video footage captured the moment David McCandless turned up at the store on Princes Street in December last year.

The 52-year-old was refused to leave after he made staff behind the counter feel 'uncomfortable'. He went on to push a staff member before throwing chairs and smashing windows in a tirade.

Appearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last Friday, McCandless pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and refusing to leave the premises.

He also admitted to assaulting an employee by repeatedly pushing him on the body during the same incident.

Footage of the incident shows the moment McCandless stormed around inside the store after two staff members and customers fled, reports Edinburgh Live.

Several witnesses and passers-by can be seen watching on as he attempts to leave while the doors are locked as police promptly arrive on scene.

A second clip then shows McCandless pick up a chair and hurl it against one of the store's windows repeatedly, causing it to shatter. The incident lasted several minutes.

After officers arrive, they can be seen standing outside Starbucks before arresting McCandless when he breaks through a hole in the window.

Defence agent Ruairidh Mulheron said his unemployed client, of Leith, Edinburgh, was “ashamed and embarrassed” by his outburst and had no recollection of the offences.

Mr Mulheron said: “He was waiting for a friend in the pub and had one drink of alcohol and remembers nothing until waking in the police station the following morning.”

Sheriff Charles Walls sentenced McCandless to carry out 70 hours of unpaid work in the community as punishment.

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