Bouncers were in last night of work
Security guards involved in a viral video that shows a man being thrown face-first into a parking meter were in their last night of contracted work for Shooters.
The 43-second video, posted on Facebook yesterday by a taxi driver who witnessed the altercation, shows a group of security staff outside the Shooters Bar on Main St in Palmerston North grappling with an unidentified man just before 1am on Sunday.
The man's head can be seen jerking backwards, but the reason is obscured by an onlooker.
Nightclub manager Ricky Quirk said before the incident occurred he was in the process of replacing independent CD Security Ltd staff with bouncers who were responsible for reporting to him.
"I gave the security company a week's notice before the incident happened and Saturday night was actually their last night."
It was not a knee-jerk reaction to the video, which maker Christine Tamihana claims was seen by 220,000 people on Facebook yesterday.
Instead the video was a "prime example" of why they were making changes, Quirk said.
"I've been given a full brief and there's always two sides the story. It's a shame the video doesn't show that, but I definitely don't condone what happened.
"I'm satisfied that the guy was being an idiot, there was a lot of racist language being used, but he didn't deserve what he got."
"The harm has been done now, the video is out there, but people should know that we were and we are making changes for the better."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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