A deaf man has been prosecuted after he called a police officer a “pig” in sign language.
The officer who arrested Linley Hassan, 25, understood the insult, a court heard.
He had been called to McDonalds in Kendal, Cumbria, after reports of a man “causing difficulties”, South Cumbria Magistrates Court was told.
Hassan, 25, of no fixed address, refused to leave the restaurant and became “confrontational” with the police.
Peter Kelly, prosecuting, said: “He was making a sign that the officer, who understood sign language, knew to mean ‘pig’.”
In mitigation, John Batty said Hassan had had a volatile existence of late and had been going to great lengths to reduce his alcohol intake.
Hassan pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly.
He was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and a £30 contribution towards court costs.