New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has apologised publicly for pulling a waitress’s ponytail after she complained about his harassing behavior in an anonymous blog post.
The saga of the John Key and the waitress’ ponytail started at a cafe in Auckland frequented often by the Prime Minister. At first, she thought he was just being a playful politician. The second time, she didn’t like it. The third time she made it clear she hated it, the blog post said.
According to the waitress, Key didn’t get it, and hiding from him didn’t seem to stop him. “That’s a very tantalising ponytail” he told her. He would even lie and say his wife was the hair puller.
To end this “amusing” game, the poor girl considered: begging him to stop, tugging his hair in return, punching him in the face, tell his security guard to stop him, posting a comment on his Facebook page.
She eventually decided to tell his security guard and post comments on both his and the National Party Facebook page saying: “Stop pulling my hair – I don’t like it!”
But Key allegedly persisted. No strategy could keep him away from that ponytail not the girl’s actions, not his security guard, not even his own wife! Exasperated, the girl was left with nothing recourse but crying.
After months of what the girl considered harassment, the Prime Minister came to the cafe and apologised. He brought two bottles of his JK 2012 vintage Pinot Noir and told her “This is for you, sorry, I didn’t realise.” Really, John Key?