NZ Prime Min­is­ter apol­o­gizes

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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.”

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