Skybar's Facebook post.
A Queenstown bar which used a social networking site to
threaten to kill two ''lads'' who allegedly stole its mobile
eftpos machine last month, yesterday received a visit from
However, Skybar director Daniel Taiaroa said the posting
''was obviously meant as satire'' and ''satire ... is not
Skybar, sold by Goodbars late last year, reported the theft
of the machine, allegedly stolen on January 26 or 27, to
police on Tuesday.
That evening, the bar posted two images, taken from CCTV
cameras, of the alleged offenders.
Along with the images, the bar sent a message to the men via
its Facebook page, using an almost verbatim quote from the
2008 film Taken, starring Liam Neeson.
By late last night the post had gained 230 ''likes''.
Senior Sergeant John Fookes, of Queenstown, described the
posting as ''pretty unwise''.
''It's a threat to kill somebody. Legally speaking, the
threat to kill or do grievous bodily harm to somebody, in
most circumstances, is likely to be an offence.''
The maximum penalty for either offence was seven years'
Police had to look at ''all of the circumstances around it'',
but ''at best it's unwise and at worst it's unlawful''.
''I would think that it's probably more of a matter of
somebody venting their spleen a little bit, but technically,
it's possible that if there was an identified victim, it
would be an offence.
''My recommendation would be that it be removed and that
anybody considering something with that same punch line at
the end of it to think long and hard, because it's not really
He said an officer was sent to speak to Skybar management
Mr Taiaroa said via email the posting received a ''huge''
The bar's CCTV footage showed the alleged offenders making
two transactions before they took the terminal, which cost
$1950 to replace and was ''completely useless to anyone but
''As stated in the Facebook post, if the terminal is
returned, that'll be the end of it. If not, we will pursue
them,'' Mr Taiaroa said.