Parents not liable if kids vomit in cab: German court
Parents should not be forced to foot the bill for cleaning costs if their child suddenly throws up in a taxi, a German court ruled Monday.
The district court in the southern city of Munich was ruling on the case of a couple whose nine-year-old daughter was sick in the back seat of a taxi after they had asked the driver to stop as the girl was unwell.
The driver demanded 190 euros (239 dollars) for cleaning as well as 800 euros to hire a replacement cab.
The presiding judge urged the parties to settle the case amicably, according to a press statement, saying it would be "sensible" for the parents to pay for the cab to be cleaned.
However, the parents of the nine-year-old refused.
The judge ruled that there is no "absolute liability" for children.
"If a child is sick in a taxi and therefore soils it, the parents are only liable if they knew their child was nauseous and still did nothing to prevent the damage," the court ruled.
© 2010 AFP