Monday, May 07, 2012

The Notice that Never Was

A recent post on serving notice, by Legal Eagle, at the site she shares with Skepticlawer (she of the minimum two thousand word blog posts!) brings to mind Mine Host's favourite story of having notice served!


A fellow seated himself at the bar of the Wayside Tavern.

It was 6 p.m.
The bar was very busy.
The bar staff were flat out.

The stranger asked for Mine Host, & then the manager, both by name & was told that neither was on the premises.

The fellow pondered this for a few moments.

He then said that this abscence presented him with some difficulty. He was there to "serve notice" (at this point he waved an envelope) and had to serve it urgently, as he had been "supposed to serve it last week."

The barmaid was very busy & didn't catch everything he was saying. It was peak hour.

Later she noticed the fellow was gone.

He had left his envelope sitting on the bar, among the scattered newspapers, betting stubs, beer coasters & other detrius of a busy trading day.

This wasn't unusual, people usually leave things, including their money, on the bar while they go next door to buy something, or go outside for a smoke.

The papers/envelope were swept up and thrown into the rubbish bin when the bar was cleaned later on.

We know all this from a review of the security cameras.

For several days later the barmaid hesitantly mentioned that she may have "done something she shouldn't have".

Does just dropping the papers on the bar in a busy pub count as serving notice?
What was the particular legal matter referred to in the papers?

We have no idea whatsoever. It all went out with the rubbish many days ago.


mojo said...

If it wasn't placed in the hand of the intended or his/her legal representative (read: solicitor), then it wasn't served, I'd say. Leaving it on the bar certainly doesn't suffice.

Steve at the Pub said...

Thanks Mojo. I wasn't sure what to think, however my natural smarts told me that just "dropping onto a busy public bar" with documents doesn't amount to service.

I have taken the precaution of saving a copy of the CCTV footage of the incident.