Plaintiffs-Appellants sue to recover from Defendants-Appellees workmen's compensation of $10.00 per week, not to exceed 400 weeks, for injury alleged to have been suffered by Plaintiff-wife while in the course of her employment as a sandwich maker for Defendants, in connection with which she was required to use an electric slicing machine. The injury claimed to have been suffered by Plaintiff resulted when she tripped and fell from the step onto the sidewalk as she was leaving her employer's premises after work.
The Defendants own and operate a corner grocery and sandwich shop, managed by Mrs. Lanzetta, the wife. To assist her, Mrs. Lanzetta usually employed a young lady to make sandwiches from 8:30 a. m. to 2:30 in the afternoon, and paid her $4.00 per day.
On March 7, 1964, when her regular employee was moving from her residence and could not work, Mrs. Lanzetta was asked to employ Mrs. Carter, and Mrs. Lanzetta agreed. Mrs. Carter was then employed as a substitute for one day at $4.00.
Mrs. Carter worked that day until 2:30 p. m.; was paid $4.00 in cash by Mrs. Lanzetta from her cash register; was given or purchased a piece of pie; and thereafter remained chatting with Mrs. Lanzetta until 3:00 p. m., at which time she left and suffered the accident explained above.
The question of hazardous employment seems to be no issue, only whether Plaintiff-wife was injured in the course of her employment. This question rests upon whether Plaintiff-wife left the premises within a reasonable time after working hours, or remained on the premises socializing or chatting with Mrs. Lanzetta.
The district judge, in denying recovery, concluded:
The only witnesses were the two wives. The district judge accepted the testimony of Defendant-wife, and we must agree with his conclusion.
At 2:30 p. m. when Plaintiff-wife was paid for her day's work, it not only terminated the working day but also the employer-employee relationship, since the employment was only for that one day.
Since Plaintiff-wife remained on the premises for a half hour to chat and socialize with her employer, when she fell
The judgment of the district court is correct and is affirmed; Plaintiffs-Appellants to pay all taxable costs in both courts, notwithstanding that they sued in forma pauperis. LSA-C.C.P. art. 5188; Dunn v. Southern Pulpwood Ins. Co., La. App., 141 So.2d 882; Mayer v. Frank J. Reyes & Co., La.App., 138 So.2d 642.