A woman lost her temper over her local curry house’s eye-catching paint job because she thought it might deter potential home-buyers.
Zoya Bannatyne repeatedly asked the Singh family to repaint their restaurant, which had been decorated in a somewhat lively yellow.
Eventually, reports the Daily Record, Bannatyne angrily confronted the Singhs, an act which resulted in her being charged with a racially aggravated breach of the peace.
Catriona Jagla, prosecuting, told Livingston Sheriff Court that matters came to a head in May this year when Bannatyne approached the couple outside their business.
She reportedly shouted at the couple: “The colour of your shop is an eyesore!”
When the Singhs asked her what she meant, Bannatyne replied: “I’m trying to sell my house” and threatened to make a complaint to environmental health.
Ms Jagla said the accused then left but returned 10 minutes later and referred to the colour of the shop as “f***ing disgusting”.
She repeated that she was trying to sell her house a few doors away.
Bannatyne told Mrs Singh: “I’m going to keep coming back here if you don’t change it” and, turning to Mr Singh, she raged: “Your food f***ing stinks, just like you!”
The incident was reported to the police and Bannatyne, who is understood to be Russian, was later arrested and charged.
Bannatyne, 42, of Union Road, Bathgate, pleaded guilty to causing a disturbance outside Rubbal’s Takeaway in Bathgate on 11 May by repeatedly shouting and swearing, acting aggressively and uttering offensive remarks.
The charge was reduced in seriousness after the prosecution accepted her claim that the incident had not been racially aggravated.
Iain Smith, defending, claimed his client had asked the shop owners to use a different colour because her house was on the market for sale.
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