Craft Bar duty manager Michael Campbell pours liqueur from
a bottle into the mouth of a patron, draped backwards
across the bar in the Dunedin premises last month. Photo
A stag night request has landed a Dunedin duty bar
manager in trouble with police.
Craft Bar duty manager Michael Campbell (22) was photographed
pouring Baileys Irish Cream liqueur straight from the bottle
into the mouth of a patron, who was draped backwards across
the bar, at the premises in February.
The act is commonly known as a layback.
The photo was published on the internet under the heading
''STAG NIGHT 3rd of Feb, Dunedin'' and was discovered by
Dunedin authorities, who have subsequently opposed Mr
Campbell's application to renew his manager's certificate.
The District Licensing Committee will consider the
application at a hearing in Dunedin next week.
Dunedin alcohol harm prevention officer Sergeant Ian Paulin
and liquor licensing inspector Tony Mole have lodged
submissions opposing the renewal.
They said Mr Campbell, in performing a layback, acted against
the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.
''The activity portrayed in the photograph questions the
applicant's suitability to be a manager and is also clearly
against the object of the Act,'' Mr Mole said.
After discovering the photograph on the internet on February
11, Mr Mole visited Craft Bar and spoke to general manager
Phil Ellis, who ''expressed some dismay at what the
A few days later, Mr Ellis, Mr Mole, Mr Campbell and Sgt
Paulin met at the Central Dunedin Police Station to discuss
''Mr Campbell stated that he was the duty manager at the time
of the incident and he had been persuaded into offering a
layback. The drink being used was Baileys and only one person
received the layback,'' Mr Mole said.
''Mr Ellis advised that Mr Campbell had been suspended, and
when he returned to work it would not be as duty manager,''
Sgt Paulin said Mr Campbell first obtained a manager's
certificate last April and was in his ''probationary'' first
year as a manager.
''This is a year in which police expect a duty manager's
record to be unblemished,'' he said.
Sgt Paulin initially approved the renewal of Mr Campbell's
certificate, but withdrew his support after being alerted to
He told the Otago Daily Times Mr Campbell's layback was one
of several Dunedin breaches of the new Act, which came into
effect on December 18 last year.