Hackney pub complains on Twitter after stabbing causes them to close
Newly-opened Clapton pub The Bonneville has apologized after complaining about closing following a stabbing.
A young man ran into the venue at around 6pm on Saturday night suffering from a knife wound.
The person manning the @BonnevilleE5 twitter account tweeted: “#CSIClapton due to events on Lower Clapton Road this evening, we will unfortunately have to close #WelcomeToHackney”.
At 7.04pm, the pub tweeted again: “Some kid got stabbed over the road and decided to run into ours. Great look for our first week.”
The comments were not well-received on social media.
Eleanor Saunders tweeted: “Horrendous insensitive (hipster) idiots”. Another, @How_Upsetting, added: “Wow. ‘Apology’ from @BonnevilleE5 blatantly appealing to deeply unpleasant prejudices. Why not just write ‘this kid didn’t deserve help’?”
After the backlash, the pub issued an apology via a string of tweets in which they described the incident as “very frightening”.
They said: “After last nights (sic) events, we would like to apologise profusely for the comments on twitter, which were of course very insensitive and have now been removed.
“Once again, we are extremely sorry for any comments that caused offence. It was a very frightening experience for all involved and bad judgement was used in the comment.”
Owner Ruairi Gilles, 34, who co-owns the pub with his brother Mark Gilles, told London24: “It is extremely regrettable. The person who sent the tweet is not a permanent member of staff but we obviously gave him the ability to tweet so we take full responsibility.
“We did try to help the guy. He didn’t want much help.
“On the back of this, people have told us to leave Hackney. We are Londoners, I’ve lived in Clapton for a year-and-a-half, in Hackney for seven years before that and Lewisham before that. We like the area and we’re not just trying to cash in on it.
“We’re really sorry about the tweet, we wish we could take it back but we can’t.”