NZ Prime Minister apologizes
New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key publicly apologized to a waitress, who had alleged that he pulled her hair whenever he visited the café where she worked. The waitress had made the allegations in a post on the left-wing Daily Blog website, accusing Key of bullying and harassing her.
The woman said the hair-pulling started last year around elections. She wrote, in the post, that she told Key in person to stop the bullying in March, but he still continued to do so. The anonymous waitress wrote that Key would approach her making “scary, suspense sound effects, like the music from the movie Jaws.”
“He would come up behind me when I was at the ordering terminal, tug on my hair and then pretend that his wife, Bronagh, had done it (much to her embarrassment), and she would tell him to stop it. As he rounded the corner behind me he commented ‘that’s a very tantalising ponytail’,” the woman wrote in the blog post.
The incident received flak from opposition parties and the public, leading to Key apologizing to the waitress and presenting her two personalized bottles of wine.
However, the woman dismissed that apology, and wrote: “John seemed to think that his job demanded less professionalism than that of a waitress, yet he’s the one that’s running our entire country. Unfortunately, when our poor country is left cringing, tormented, cowering in the corner, it can’t be fixed with a bottle of wine, and neither was this.”
Key had defended his actions by saying, that he had “a very warm and friendly relationship” with the staff at the café, where “we have lots of fun and games there, there’s always lots of practical jokes and things.”