Sydney venue fined for dumping drunk women
A Korean restaurant in Sydney’s CBD has copped a hefty fine after staff dumped two unconscious women who’d each drunk eight shots in less than 40 minutes onto the busy footpath outside.
Three women entered the Gangnam Station Korean restaurant in Sussex Street last November around 8pm and ordered shots of a drink called The Peach – containing the liquor soju, known as the Korean vodka.
Each woman drank eight shots of soju in the following 35 minutes, with two of them then collapsing and falling unconscious, NSW’s Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority said on Monday.
After consuming their eighth shot, two women collapsed onto the table and slipped into unconsciousness.
In supplied photos, one woman can be seen with her head fallen backwards and then lying on the floor of the restaurant.
She is later seen slumped against a tree outside the restaurant with people looking on.
The other woman can be seen being dragged and held up by a man in the street.
Authorities say staff and other patrons carried the two women out of the restaurant and dumped them outside, with one of the women vomiting during the process.
An ambulance was called when patrolling police noticed people gathered around the unconscious women.
The authority on Monday said it’s one of worst breaches of liquor laws in NSW in recent years.
The restaurant’s licensee, Sunhwa Kim, has been issued a first strike under the NSW government’s ‘three strikes’ disciplinary scheme, while NSW Police has fined the Gangnam Station $2200 for permitting intoxication.
Director of Compliance Operations Sean Goodchild said the venue’s actions showed a blatant disregard for the health and safety of patrons and responsible service of alcohol requirements.
“It’s hard to imagine a worse case of a venue failing in its obligations to prevent misuse and abuse of alcohol,” Mr Goodchild said in a statement.