A GROUP of community-minded Kiwis in London are out to make amends for the poor behaviour of some of their compatriots following the All Blacks’ defeat to England at the weekend.
There were reports that a group of rugby supporters went to Moorgate All Bar One and behaved badly, including breaking glasses, leaving furniture upturned and upsetting the staff.
Now, another group of New Zealanders is returning to the bar this Saturday to show that not all Kiwis are drunken louts, and to make amends with the bar crew.
A Facebook group named “Redemption Saturday” has been started to get people along, and those attending are encouraged to take donations to show goodwill.
So far the NZ Shop in Covent Garden, Mandii Pope (NZ artist) the New Zealand Business Women’s Network and The Runaway Kiwi have made donations, and more are being accepted.
“Lets show what being a Kiwi is ALL about. We have a table booked and their staff meeting is from 5-7:30pm that night. Lets make it right,” the group has said.
The original Facebook post that kicked off the plan was made by Jemma Stewart, with the actions of those in the bar roundly condemned:
“To the group of kiwi guys that had a brawl at All-Bar-One in Moorgate last night around 8pm: You are an embarrassment to yourselves and our country. Brawling in the middle of a restaurant wearing your All Black jerseys, breaking glass and dishes, tables and chairs everywhere, leaving the wait staff in tears and the rest of us in disbelief that it was even happening. Your behaviour was disgusting and you left the rest of us in there apologising to the wait staff and other patrons. We were told that they would not be letting anyone else wearing “those jerseys”. This is a reason why we get a bad rep, just appalling.”
For more information, search for Redemption Saturday on Facebook.