Regulars ensure yolk's on barmaid

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Barmaid Harriet Sluman just couldn't resist throwing an egg at John Prescott's battle wagon last week. The deputy PM was leaving a rally in Rushden,...

Barmaid Harriet Sluman just couldn't resist throwing an egg at John Prescott's battle wagon last week. The deputy PM was leaving a rally in Rushden, Northants, when hunting fanatic, Sluman, thought she'd get her own back for Labour's hunting ban.

But the egg throwing landed her in trouble with the strong arm of the law, and the 20-year-old student was fined £80 by magistrates. Although Sluman ­ who works behind the bar of the Langton Arms, in Market Harborough, Leicestershire ­ was a little shell-shocked by the fine, worse was to follow.

Pub regulars came up with what they thought was a cracking wheeze ­ but one that left Sluman scrambling for safety. There was good news and bad news from the hard-boiled locals of the public bar when the hunter became the hunted.

"We'll pay all of your fine because we like you and you'rea great barmaid," they told Sluman. The bad news was that in return, they planned to pelt her with hundreds of eggs.

Sluman was dressed in goggles and a boilersuit as the regulars threw 240 eggs at her in the pub car park. "Paying the £80 would have been very hard," said Sluman, who's studying to be a vet. "I'm really grateful to the regulars, but the yolk was on me in the end."

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