There was a right royal rumble in Barnsley today at the headquarters of 'The Yorkshire Tea Company' when Tommy Cassidy opened a flask of coffee at morning tea break.
Tommy was retiring at the end of the week after 47 years service and wanted to have a laugh before he went, but all hell broke loose and angry crowds of men had to be held apart by others.
Union official Albert Notright, 57, said of the incident, 'It's most unfortunate. Tommy's a grand lad and everyone loves him, but you can't go around willy nilly wafting a flask of coffee around. There's lads here who've never smelt coffee. He could have caused a riot. I've no alternative but to give him a written warning and warn him of his future behaviour.'
Seven people were treated for minor injuries but thankfully there were no serious injuries.