Two women were thrown out on the street
BBQ restaurant in Australia is drawing international criticism for “dumping” unconscious
customers on the street.
November of last year, employees at Gangnam Station Korean BBQ in Sydney,
Australia carried two unconscious women out of the restaurant and left them on
to a report by Australian Broadcasting
Corporation (ABC), three women entered the restaurant around 8 p.m. Each
woman drank eight shots of peach flavored “soju” (a popular liquor of Korea)
within 40 minutes. Two of the women, after finishing their last shots, became
unconscious and collapsed from their seats.
Unconscious customers collapsed from their seats
incident which would have remained as an ordinary drinking story amongst the locals
resulted in an international media coverage when the establishment decided to
drag these two women outside and “dump” them on the street.
two women were later discovered by patrolling police officers and taken to a
Goodchild, the director of the Liquor and Gaming Authority in New South Wales, criticized
how the restaurant handled the situation. “It's hard to imagine a worse case of
a venue failing in its obligations to prevent misuse and abuse of alcohol.”
Newson, the deputy secretary of Liquor and Gaming in New South Wales, added, “For
staff to think that it's OK to carry unconscious patrons out of the venue and
dump them on the footpath, that's unconscionable in any measure.”
Gangnam Station employee dragging one of the women out of the restaurant
Station’s owner, Sunhwa Kim, has been fined 2,200 Australian dollars, which is equivalent
to 1,650 U.S. dollars, and given a “first strike” for “permitting intoxication”.
Under the New South Wales law, proprietors who receive three strikes can lose
their licenses to own and operate businesses.
authorities are considering other measures to prevent Gangnam Station from
mistreating future patrons.
authorities have proposed changing the restaurant’s hours of operation and
having a security officer in the restaurant. Gangnam Station may have to reduce
their closing time from 2 a.m. to midnight and have a trained security officer
present in the restaurant from 8 p.m. to closing time. <Alex Kim>