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Boyd v. Racine Currency Exchange, Inc.

Illinois Supreme Court
306 N.E.2d 39 (1973)


Blanche Murphy worked as a teller at the Racine Currency Exchange, Inc. (collectively defendants) when a robber put a gun to customer John Boyd’s head and threatened to shoot unless she gave him money or opened the door. Behind bulletproof glass, Murphy did neither. Instead, she dropped to the floor behind a partition, and the robber shot Boyd. Boyd’s widow sued Murphy and the Exchange for negligence, arguing that a business proprietor owes a duty to comply with criminal demands if refusal will subject invitees to an unreasonable risk of harm. The trial court found no such duty arose, but the appellate court reversed, prompting an appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Ryan, J.)

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