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Was the cockroach dead or alive?

A customer walked into a shop in Murcia, stepped on a cockroach, slipped, fell over, injured himself and made a complaint. The judge dismissed the complaint and said he had no right to compensation. Why?

Because the proprietor was let off by a series of circumstances, basically it could not be proven if the cockroach was dead or alive when the customer stepped on it. If it had been dead, then the establishment would have been to blame due to negligence because it had not been removed. If it had been alive, the shop is at the same level as the pavement, and the insect could have entered “suddenly”, in which case the proprietor would not be to blame.