A consumer court on Tuesday issued bailable arrest warrants for a branch manager of a bakery and coffee shop for not appearing in court despite several orders.
The judge is hearing a complaint filed by one Hassan Jamil seeking a payment of Rs597,200 from the bakery for failing to provide the specified cake and “causing him embarrassment” in front of his guests.
Jamil said he had ordered a 12-pound cake from the Masoom’s Coffee and Bakery Shop for his son’s first birthday. He said he had provided branch manager Sohail Ahmed with pictures to ensure he got exactly the cake he wanted. “He said Masoom’s was the best place in Pakistan and they really knew their job,” he told the court.
He said he was assured that the cake would be prepared according to his specifications. He said he paid a Rs5,000 advance for the Rs7,200 cake.
However, he said, the cake he was given was different. It did not even weigh 12 pounds. He said he pointed this out to the respondent, but he would not listen. His refusal to pay the remaining amount led to an argument.
He later paid the amount, he added.
He said he was embarrassed in front of his relatives and friends with whom he had already shared the design of the cake. Some friends even sent him emails about it.
He requested the court to direct the respondent to pay him Rs7,200 for the amount he had paid for the cake, Rs10,000 cost of transport, Rs30,000 for the legal notice, Rs500,000 for mental agony and Rs50,000 for loss of earning.
The court had summoned the respondent several times, but neither the respondent nor an attorney appeared.
The judge on Tuesday issued bailable arrest warrants for the respondent through the station house officer concerned.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Sohail Ahmed denied the allegations. He said that the petitioner had called him from his home to complain about the weight. He said he had told the petitioner he would refund the deposit if the cake weighed less than 12 pounds. “Had he returned to the shop with the cake,” he said, “like any other client he would have been accommodated.”
Published in The Express Tribune, April 11th, 2012.