German Tourist Compo Claim After Row Over Sunbeds

Two German couples are locked in a legal battle for compensation following a brawl over sunbeds on a luxury cruise ship.

The sunbed battle escalated so far that a court in Auerbach in the eastern German state of Saxony is now handling the case.

Two German couples got into a punch up over reserved sun loungers on a cruise ship heading to Mauritius.

According to Bild newspaper, an elderly woman went to reserve two sun loungers around the pool for her and her 70-year-old husband.

As she went to put down the towels, a handbag flew past her head and landed on one of the sunbeds.

However, the other couple claimed that their handbag was already there and as a result a fight broke out.

Director of Auerbach District Court, Inge Bahlmann, said: “The two husbands got into a big brawl over the sunbeds and the elderly man suffered an injury to his lower arm.”

According to local media, the male defendant is in his late forties.

Despite trying to resolve the case out of court, the injured man filed a claim for 4,200 EUR (3,800 GBP) in compensation, claiming that his holiday had been ruined due to the injury.

Bahlmann said: “As the two parties were unable to come to an agreement, we had to call witnesses.

“The two wives, the defendant’s mother-in-law and the cruise ship’s safety officer have all been called.”

No agreement could be reached in the first hearing in May. More witnesses have been called and the next hearing is set to take place in August.

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Story By: Kathryn QuinnSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Central European News

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