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Unformatted text preview: ow that entry and contact with the plaintiff was gained initially by virtue of the employment, with consent of the victim. It is apparent that the subsequent entry at the time of the assault in this case was also gained by virtue of the "indicia of authority" conferred upon the employee by his employment, while in Abbott the employee simply broke into the plaintiff's residence. Liability in these cases cannot logically be said to depend on the existence of passkey access. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Footnotes- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - n1 The employee claimed that he entered through a back door he found ajar; the plaintiff contended that he used a passkey. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -End Footnotes- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [*753] Appellant's second major argument regarding the claim [**20] of negligent hiring, as above noted, is that, as a matter of law, it "met and exceeded" its duty to evaluate Turner based upon actual employment experience with Turner in similar jobs. We disagree. Prior to being employed in the deliveryman position, Turner had done work as a laborer on an out-of-town construction site for one of the principals of Tallahassee Furniture and had done yard work at the home of another. These jobs do not remotely approach the customer-contact level of the "outside work on the grounds" mentioned in Williams, since there is no evidence that in these jobs Turner had any exposure whatsoever to customers or to the public generally. Turner had also been employed part- 39 time on two occasions by appellant to assist in its fairground sales, which involved Turner's loading and unloading of furniture at the fairground warehouse and his assisting in placing purchased merchandise in customers' cars. Although this employment involved limited "customer contact," it was contact which might also be accurately described as "incidental contact" as the term is used in Williams. In any event, it is apparent that the fairground job did not involve intimate customer...
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2012 for the course ENC 102 taught by Professor Deria during the Spring '08 term at FIU.

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