Crybabies of the week

Crybaby – Christopher Smith

There is a whole lot of butt hurt in this story for ‘crybabies of the week’.

Bear with me because there are quite a few crybabies to expose, including the two fools who drove from Hamilton for a donut and the Philippines ambassador who is butt hurt on some else’s behalf.

Anti-foreigner rules at Krispy Kreme have left a bitter taste in one doughnut enthusiast’s mouth – prompting a burning response from the Philippine Embassy and a sugar coated apology from the company.

A Hamilton man was left hurt and angry after his Filipina girlfriend was not allowed to attend the grand opening of New Zealand’s first Krispy Kreme outlet, in Auckland, because she was not a Kiwi.

The multinational company admits the woman was likely turned away because of a “tired and over-zealous” security guard.

Rules are rules, but that hasn’t stopped this weapons-grade crybaby running to the waiting arms of the media.

But after hearing about the couple’s plight, the Philippine ambassador served up a scathing comeback. On Facebook he called for a boycott of Krispy Kreme and renamed them the KKK – Krispy Kreme for Kiwis only.

“This is a simple case of racial discrimination,” said ambassador and “former Krispy Kreme-fan”, Jesus Domingo.

“How do we determine what makes a Kiwi?”

And there we have crybaby number two, the Philippines ambassador. What a dick asking how we determine what a Kiwi is. Uhmm… a passport, citizenship… any number of things you big crybaby.

“Why were they suspicious with a Filipina? Why did they suspect she was not a Kiwi? I would have no complaints if everyone’s passports were being checked but this sounds like this is a simple case of racial discrimination.”

He took issue with the fact the company had a nationality-specific competition, and that a “over-zealous” security guard had asked a Filipina to leave the restaurant launch.

“There are 50,000 Filipinos in New Zealand. And when people accuse me of being rash, then I say I’m not your usual diplomat – I’m more like the mayor of those 50,000 people.

“Part of my work is raising the profile of the Filipino community and my feeling is that we tend to be overlooked compared to other Asian nationalities, which is sad because we’re the third largest Asian nationality [in New Zealand].

“One positive that might come out of this Krispy Kreme thing is it might help galvanize Filipino’s to speak with a louder voice in New Zealand society.”

Prompted by the growing diplomatic stoush, Krispy Kreme apologised, and said, “We are disappointed to have caused any upset with our New Zealand Grand Opening competition.”

“When running a competition, we typically apply standard terms and conditions, which stipulate entry is open only to residents of the specific country where the competition is running,” said Andrew McGuigan, chief executive of Krispy Kreme Australia and NZ.

“We understand New Zealand has a wonderful and diverse population. In hindsight, it was a lapse in judgement to apply our standard T&Cs.

“We are in the process of reaching out to them to rectify the situation.”

Don’t apologise, rules are rules… and don’t blame staff who are adhering to the rules. The ambassador is being a big sook.

Domingo suggested to the  Philippine Embassy’s Facebook page’s 10,000 followers that they get their sugar fix from Filipino bakeries around New Zealand, or Dunkin Donuts, who “employ Filipinos”.

So, who’s being racist now? No one wants Flipper Donuts or Dunkin’ Donuts, they want Krispy Kreme.

His comments come after hearing about an incident on Wednesday, involving Christopher Smith, 30, and his girlfriend.

The pair drove up from Hamilton at 1.30am for the Manukau store’s big launch on Wednesday morning.

No donut is worth a drive at 1.30am to Auckland, ever.

A spokesman for Krispy Kreme said the man’s girlfriend may have been refused entry because only New Zealanders were eligible to enter prizes associated with the store’s opening.

Smith said they were both so excited that they barely slept the night before the store’s opening.

How old are you? Twelve?

However, the pair’s enthusiasm turned to anger and disbelief when a security guard asked his girlfriend if she was a New Zealand citizen after they arrived at 2.30am.

Hmmm… a one-hour drive from Hamilton to Auckland… some speeding was involved there for sure.

When she told him she wasn’t, Smith says the security guard replied “she has to go, she has to go”.

Smith’s girlfriend, who did not want to be named, left to wait in their car for more than five and a half hours.

“I’m not a citizen here, I didn’t have the right to fight,” she said.

Smith said several onlookers were shocked that his girlfriend had not even been allowed to wait with him.

Shocked, I tell you. What sort of fools drive from Hamilton to Auckland for a freakin’ donut?

The couple arrived at the store hoping to be one of the first 100 people through the door when it opened at 8am.

A number of prizes were associated with the opening, including several months’ worth of doughnuts for the first three people through the door and a free box for the store’s first 100 customers.

Smith was number 75 in line at 2:30 in the morning.

Whoopee… he could win a month’s supply of donuts… still not worth the drive, I’m afraid.

He said the event’s Facebook page never made mention of the fact that foreigners were not allowed at the opening.

Smith said he understood why a foreigner might not be eligible for the first three prizes, which would require someone to be resident in New Zealand, but didn’t see why his girlfriend couldn’t line up for a free box of doughnuts.

It’s just doughnuts,” he said.

Yeah, it’s just donuts… so why the butt hurt, petal?

He tried to negotiate with the security guard so that his girlfriend could wait in the queue without claiming any prizes but says the security guard insisted foreigners were not allowed on the premises at that time.

“As with any competition, security was briefed to check identification of all customers in the queue to ensure all competition entries were valid and customers were aware of the T&Cs – we wouldn’t want valued customers queuing for a long period of time, only to be ineligible,” McGuigan said.

“Krispy Kreme celebrates diversity inside our business and in every community we operate. As a brand, we are open and honest and pride ourselves on being a welcoming place where everyone can experience the joy that is Krispy Kreme.”

Russell Schulman, head of marketing for Australia and NZ at Krispy Kreme, the clause was to deter American tourists.

“We want to have local people trying it rather than American tourists, which does happen.”

Schulman agreed the company had no legal right to evict someone from the premises for being a foreigner.

And now Krispy Kreme join the crybabies… mumbling on about stupid diversity. Next thing they will say the donuts are Halal certified. No goats were harmed in their manufacture or something equally inane.

He said Smith’s partner should have been allowed into the store even if she was not eligible to enter the competition.

“It may be just a tired security guard being a little over-zealous potentially.”

The Human Rights Act makes it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of citizenship or nationality a rule that can apply to private businesses where they are open to the general public.

Smith said at least three other people had been turned away from the Krispy Kreme launch because they were not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Schulman declined to provide the name of any security contractors associated with the event.

Crybabies galore – the butt-hurt fool from Hamilton and his stupid Flipper missus who are crying a river of tears over missing out on… buggered if I know… he got a box of donuts anyway. The Philippines ambassador for reacting like a petulant kindy kid… and then Krispy Kreme for banging on about diversity.

The idiot from Hamilton with the Flipper girlfriend got it right… it’s just donuts.

 

-Fairfax


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