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CHANCE v. MUNFORD, INC. et al.
71658.
SOGNIER, Judge.
Defamation. Fulton State Court. Before Judge Carnes.
Mary Louise Chance brought this defamation action against Munford, Inc., d/b/a Majik Market, and Pat Reynolds. Chance appeals from the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Munford and Reynolds.
Appellant, a former manager at one of appellee Munford's stores, purchased gas at the store and became angry when she discovered that the clerk had failed to pre-set the amount of gas appellant had requested. Following an exchange with the clerk during which appellant expressed her displeasure, appellee Reynolds, the store manager, posted a notice intended for store employees on two sheets of paper on a wall behind the store's cash register which stated: "Louise is not allowed in the store." Appellant's action against appellees is based solely on this notice.
Reece v. Grissom, 154 Ga. App. 194, 195 (1) (267 SE2d 839) (1980).
The words in the notice in this case are clear and unambiguous and do not tend to injure appellant's reputation or expose her to "public hatred, contempt, or ridicule." OCGA 51-5-1 (a); Grayson v. Savannah News-Press, 110 Ga. App. 561 (139 SE2d 347) (1964). The words of the notice contain no hurtful innuendo regarding appellant's character or behavior and a reader's subjective decision to impute such innuendo to the notice is not actionable as a defamation. Reece, supra at 195 (1). Therefore, the trial court did not err by granting summary judgment in favor of appellees. Id.
Nicholas C. Moraitakis, Eve A. Appelbaum, Suzanne Wynn, for appellees.
Theodore A. Speaker, for appellant.
DECIDED MARCH 11, 1986.
Thursday May 21 14:51 EDT


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