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Lidl store manager faces jail in Greece for mouse in beer bottle

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Lidl store manager faces jail in Greece for mouse in beer bottle
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16:57 CEST+02:00
A manager at German-owned discount chain Lidl was sentenced by a Greek court Thursday to 10 months in prison after a customer found a mouse in his beer bottle, a judicial official said.

Purchases Manager Art Werner, who was not present in court, is appealing the sentence. A Lidl branch customer in east Salonika in 2006 said he fell ill after drinking from a bottle of beer containing a 13-centimetre (five-inch) mouse.

The supermarket blamed the incident on a bottling procedure error.

The customer has already received €30,000 in compensation.

Lidl is Germany's second biggest discount chain and recently unveiled plans to expand into the United States.

The company came under fire in Germany earlier this year for secretly spying on its employees in a bid to stop shoplifting.

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