Melbourne: security guards fired for homophobic slurs
Fairfax media has reported two security guards at the Prahan Hotel have been sacked after allegedly ejecting a patron and making homophobic remarks.
The incident occurred early Sunday evening after the victim, freelance journalist Stephen Russell, complained to the bouncers that another group of men had been making homophobic comments.
The victim claims rather than deal with the homophobes, the security guards allegedly said: ‘What do you want us to do? This is not a gay bar”, and subsequently evicted him from the premises saying “faggots weren’t welcome”.
The victim who had been celebrating a friend’s birthday at the pub said he had been the subject of homophobic taunts for most of the celebration and had not expected the security staff to respond in the same fashion.
"I thought I was doing the right thing by going to them to report this other punter who had been hurling abuse at us all afternoon, and to my complete shock, the bouncer started getting really agro with me.”
Co-owner of the hotel Andy Mullins told The Age the offending staff had been fired following an internal investigation, saying the Sand Hills Road Group (owners of the several pubs in the area) don’t tolerate anti social or homophobic behaviour.
“After a thorough investigation today, we have determined that this incident was not handled appropriately by our security contractors, and as such, the two guards responsible will no longer be working at any Sand Hill Road establishments, including Prahran Hotel,” Mullins said.