Irish Travellers NZ “ready to fight” say Coffee Club staff
The Coffee Club staff reported that the same Irish family ordered breakfast on Saturday at 10am.
A staff member said the family had breakfast, paid and left.
However, two women returned and demanded a refund, she said.
The women wanted a refund on baked beans, sausages, and toast, saying the food was cold.
“They came in like they were ready to fight,” the staff member said.
“They were so rude and acted like they owned everything.”
This was the first time the staff member had experienced this type of behaviour from customers, she said.
The unruly Irish travelers reportedly also shove food’ at cafe worker, accused of daring dash to avoid $114 bill
The family allegedly tried to turn Mairangi Bay cafe staff members against each other before shoving plates into an employee and running away without paying. On January 9, three members from the group entered the Montrose Cafe and ordered more than $110 worth of food during a breakfast binge.
Restaurant manager Benjamin Salt said the three diners were continually ordering individual items and regularly adding food to their table in a bid to keep the staff busy and away from the table. He told the Herald they were ordering items that weren’t on the menu before making accusations of bullying against the boss. Salt said they then tried to turn him against his boss by buying him a beer. Salt alleges they were rude to other customers, including an attempt to hit on a female customer and making provocative comments.
Salt said the group of three then drove off in a white rental van, the same vehicle the travelers have been using to get around Auckland and Hamilton.
After eating $114 worth of food, the travellers then allegedly tried to claim there was hair in their food before shoving dirty plates into Salt and making a run for it.
The group also were accused of littering Takapuna Beach at the weekend.
An inner-city coffee shop lodged a complaint with police after a group refused to pay for a chocolate cake and abused the owner.
When the Herald tracked down some of the travellers as they checked out of the ibis Budget Hotel in the city centre yesterday, one of the men seen in Sunday’s Takapuna Beach video warned there would be trouble if he was photographed. The man said they were in New Zealand on holiday, before speeding off in a white van. As he did so, his female passenger pulled her hoodie over her face and her door swung open, slamming into the car parked in front of them.
Roger Van Kempen, the manager of The Backyard Bar & Restaurant, said he recognised the man and little boy from the Takapuna video as part of a group of about 13 that caused a ruckus and tried to bully staff. He claimed the group dined at his restaurant on January 3, put ants in their food and refused to pay for three meals worth about $55. Challenged, one became aggressive.
The rude travelling family face deportation after police called to incident at Hamilton Burger King
Six police officers and two uniformed immigration officers were called to the Burger King on the corner of Te Rapa Rd and Wairere Drive shortly before 3pm on Tuesday after an incident involving staff. The Burger King manager said they called police because the family were causing problems. Immigration officials accompanied the police to Burger King.