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Mon 19 Mar 2007 In: New Zealand Daily News

A staff member at Auckland's most popular LGBT nightclub ‘Family' has been dismissed, following complaints involving violence, attitude problems and ‘homophobic tendencies.' Several complaints about the inappropriate behaviour of a security staff member at Family were made both to the nightclub's management and also detailed on's messageboards. A patron of the K' Road nightclub voiced concerns anonymously on the messageboards earlier this month, detailing one incident: “I'm standing in the smoking area out front of family with a friend of mine, just chatting and the bouncer comes up and says we are obstructing the entrance - which by the way we are not, there is plenty of room for people to pass us. So I say to him we are just talking and not causing any inconvenience to anyone. “The bouncer starts getting aggressive and tells us to move, which we do, but it obviously ain't enough because we get shouted at again. I say to him that that we are not presenting a problem, but he thinks otherwise and grabs me and throws me out onto the street,” the message continues. ”This is a bouncer who is straight and homophobic.” Other stories of violence and inappropriate behaviour by a Family security staff member prompted a response from the management of Family. “Due to a number of incidents involving security, the staff member involved has been dismissed due to attitude, demeanor and homophobic tendencies. This is effective immediately,” Sarah Turner, manager of downstairs bar ‘Supermarket' told readers on behalf of Family staff and management yesterday. “Management and staff at family apologise to anyone who has been humiliated or offended by security over the last month. We do appreciate all customer comments and feedback and hope we have rectified this situation,” the message concluded. Family bar owner Wayne Clark confirms the security staff member has been dismissed. “We don't tolerate that sort of behaviour here, and have taken the appropriate action,” he says.     Ref: (m)

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First published: Monday, 19th March 2007 - 12:00pm

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