Two unemployed men who claim Prime Minister John Key offered to pay for their dinner were instead kicked out of a restaurant and charged with theft.
Kent Boyd and Andre Jellema said they were enjoying dinner at The Green Parrot in Wellington when Mr Key and members of the Diplomatic Protection Squad walked into the restaurant on Monday night, Scoop.co.nz reports.
Mr Boyd said the pair had their photo taken with Mr Key before they asked if he'd pay for their meal. He said "absolutely", they claim. However, when it came to settling the bill, management did not believe Mr Key was paying and consulted his security.
The pair were arrested. They spent the night in the cells and were told the next day they had been charged with theft.
Yesterday, a police spokesman confirmed a 45-year-old Wellington man was arrested and charged with breach of bail and theft after an incident in the central city.
A second local man, 41, was also arrested and charged with breach of bail conditions in connection with the incident.
Both are due to reappear in court next month.
Police declined to comment further.
The Green Parrot manager Jimmy Sakoufakis said last night the incident was "controlled pretty easily".
"It was just a guy being an idiot that got biffed out - that's all.
"Unfortunately when people get in their merry way and you stop serving them alcohol, like you do, they become a little bit stupid."
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