A Dunedin bar manager who poured alcohol into a customer's
mouth has been granted his manager's certificate, but for
half the usual term.
In a written decision yesterday, Dunedin District Licensing
Committee secretary Kevin Mechen commended Michael Campbell
for accepting responsibility for the ''layback'' incident.
The committee renewed his manager's certificate for 18
months, rather than the usual three years.
''He accepted he was wrong and that it should not have
happened. The committee believes he is genuinely remorseful
but he still has a lot to offer the hospitality industry in
Mr Campbell has been suspended as duty manager at Craft Bar
since February 12, after the incident came to light because
of photographs on the internet.
He was pictured pouring a liqueur from a bottle into the
mouth of a patron draped backwards on the bar.
The suspension was imposed by the bar's owner, pending the
outcome of the hearing.
The decision said: ''This shortened [licence] period is to
allow the reporting agencies to formally reassess his
''During the hearing the committee was concerned to hear
other premises in the city are still participating in
laybacks if asked by patrons.
''This, along with other practices like the 21 shots, is
unacceptable and while this is not in the control of the
applicant we would like to think this is a warning to others
that there are consequences for breaches ...''
Dunedin alcohol harm prevention officer Sergeant Ian Paulin
and liquor licensing inspector Tony Mole opposed the renewal.