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Bettel v Yim (1978), 20 OR (2d) 617 (Co Ct)


Bettle and his friends are in Yim’s store. Yim wants them to leave. Bettle starts lighting matches in the store. Yim grabs Bettle and shakes him. Then Yim accidentally smashes his forehead into Bettle’s nose.


If there is no intention to injure, can there be a finding of battery?


A person is responsible for all damage, foreseeable or not, that results from their battery.


Even though actual harm was not intended, Y did intend to shake B
**Policy: Judge refuses to bring in reasonable foreseeability rule, since this is battery not negligence
**Must protect dignity of the plaintiff and right of plaintiff not to be touched by the defendant

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