A word of warning for hard-trippin’ partiers – don’t sign the Covid-register before returning and smashing the bar door down.
It is probably also wise in such situations to not wear high-vis, not make a spectacle of yourself in the central city, and ideally not have yourself easily found online with a modelling profile complete with all your stats.
But that is, according to the owners of Wellington’s Cuba St bar Laundry, just what happened on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
According to co-owner Andrew Chung, the man originally came in on Saturday night “tripping pretty hard” and insisting people looked deep into a Banksy picture he was carrying to see if they could spot the Easter eggs.
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He signed the contact register in Laundry before heading out down Cuba St, where he made himself known to various hospitality businesses.
Around 7am he returned – stopping first at neighbouring Fidel’s, where he apparently muttered something about mysterious goings-on to the early chef – before smashing the Laundry front door down.
He then stole two bottles of obscure liquor – elderflower and cherry flavoured – before leaving, Chung said.
A security photo meant he was easy to identify as the same man who had earlier signed the register. A quick Google search revealed details including his height, chest measurement, waist measurement, and suit size.
Co-owner Matt Rutledge said the incident did have a comical side but was also disappointing.
“Laundry is really struggling for survival right now and this hurts.
“As we understand it, the guy who did it may have mental health issues. We do feel for people who are suffering from mental illness. Especially at a time like this.
“He only took two bottles of cheap liquor. It was the $4000 of damage he did to our entrance way that was the problem.”
Police confirmed they received a complaint of burglary at a Cuba Street, Te Aro premises on Sunday. No arrests were yet made but inquiries were continuing.