Young people not the problem, says pub owner

OLDER people are more likely to cause issues at pubs and clubs over Christmas than young revellers, according to Black Swan owner Andreas Bazzani.

Mr Bazzani said people aged over 30 were more likely to drink too much at Christmas parties and becoming argumentative with bar staff and refuse to move on from venues.

“In the last few years in terms of dramas, it’s people anywhere from 30 to 35 and over that are less likely to move on,” he said.

“They’re more likely to argue the point with staff.

“More often than not it’s the female demographic that are the ones who are not only involved in the trouble but are starting the trouble.

“We generally don’t really have too many issues with younger patrons.

“I don’t want to make it sound like there are big stacks of old people out the front causing trouble.

“But when people who go out only a couple of times a year have a really big one, they make bad choices.”

Mr Bazzani said nightclub trade increased towards the end of the year.

“This time of year there’s a propensity towards more issues because of Christmas parties,” he said.

“They land on our doorstep around midnight to 12.30am when they’ve had too much to drink, and that’s when issues can present themselves.

“We have to rely on the professionalism of our staff to handle that.

“Kids who go out every other weekend soon learn the behaviours of what’s acceptable and what isn’t.”

Mr Bazzani said most nights were issue-free.

“All the venues want is for people to come out this time of year and have a good time and a safe time,” he said.  

“It’s important for everyone to enjoy themselves and we want them to go out and have a really good, safe night.

“The last thing anyone wants is to have problems with the police.”

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