News

Ex-employee's Red Rooster revenge

Scott Evan McCormick leaving Ipswich courthouse.
Scott Evan McCormick leaving Ipswich courthouse. Supplied

A COCKY ex-employee ordered more than $67,000 in chickens to a fast food restaurant after resigning in a flap.

After quitting due to a heated disagreement with his boss at Red Rooster, Scott Evan McCormick sought revenge by accessing the business' stock-ordering system remotely.

The 23-year-old ordered $67,732.73 of “stock” – chickens – from five separate suppliers to be delivered to the franchise.

An alert supplier noticed the unusually large amount and contacted Red Rooster at Indooroopilly which cancelled the order before it was delivered.

The owner then called police.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard McCormick, 23, had worked at the store for 18 months but left after a disagreement.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Dick said the stunt was more than just a “harmless prank”.

“It was only by the alertness on the part of the supplier that no actual detriment was caused,” Snr Cnst Dick said.

McCormick, who had no prior history, pleaded guilty to using a restricted computer without consent to cause or intend to cause detriment, damage or gain.

The Collingwood Park resident was ordered to perform 150 hours of unpaid community service.

No conviction was recorded.

Defence lawyer Clark Bushnell said his client had an argument with the owner over what he believed were safety issues.

“Hopefully this is a singular aberration in his life,” he said.

“You can see he's got red hair; maybe it's a function of that.”

Mr Bushnell saidMcCormick accessed the orders using Red Rooster's website and password.

Red Rooster could not be reached for comment.

Topics:  community service, fast food, ipswich magistrates court, police, red rooster




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Spectacular lightning show to cap off long summer

BOOM: Lightning strikes Minden on Monday night.

QT reader captures Minden lightning strikes

Families enjoy great race day

GOOD TIMES: Andrew Vickers, Charmaine Roth, Sami Vailepa, Leila Vailepa, Aloima Vailepa, Amanda Ross, Ben Ross and Jess Ross enjoy the Labour Day races.

Ipswich Turf Club delighted with turnout to race day

Premier's initiative ended the cheap talk

My Comment column with QT journalist Adam Davies

Latest deals and offers

ACF take Minister to Court

ACF chief executive Kelly O'Shanassy

The Australian Conservation Foundation go to court to stop Carmichael mine.

Dash Cam: Roo takes on car

Kangaroo leaps car.

Kangaroo could have kept going, jumps car instead.

Man allegedly reaches 182kmh

A REDBANK Plains man has been charged for dangerous driving and a number of other serious offences after allegedly reaching speeds of 182kmh on the Ipswich Motorway.

A REDBANK Plains man has been charged for dangerous driving and a number of other...

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances