Nightclub Comes Under Fire For Response To Woman's Drink Spiking Claims
Shantel Smith messaged Rapture Nightclub in Perth, Australia, to tell them she believed something had been slipped into her drink, urging the establishment to increase its security.
She wrote: "I believe my drink was actually spiked on Saturday, I had only had 2 or 3 drinks before I came in so I definitely wasn't drunk, bought 1 drink from the bar and was then unconscious for the next 2.5 hours, vomiting and experiencing other common symptoms of a date rape drug."
Smith also claimed the same thing had happened to two other people she knew on previous occasions.
Screenshots posted to social media reveal the nightclub's response - which has gone viral for all the wrong reasons.
Not only did the club's owner, Neil Scott, question the truth behind Smith's claims, he also asked if she felt she was 'worth' being spiked.
The private message said: "What proof do you have of your drink being spiked. Why would anyone want to spike your drink?"
"Did you attend a hospital and have your stomach pumped for evidence? Is this something you and your friends experience regularly? Would you like a crowd controller to hold your drink the next time you attend a nightclub?
"Do you think ten crowd controllers would be able to stop you having your drink spiked? Are you worth someone trying to spike your drink?
"We think this is a beat up and we believe that no one would be stupid enough to waste their drugs on spiking anyone's drink."
Speaking on ABC Radio Perth on Monday morning, Scott admitted he could have worded his reply differently.
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However, he remained adamant that the customer's drink had not been spiked.
"I guess in this instance it was wrong, but nevertheless it's been done now and it can't be taken back," he said.
"There was no chance that she had her drink spiked, it was just an 18-year-old girl being silly."
Scott said there were no signs that Smith had had her drink spiked when she left Rapture.
"She stood outside the nightclub for another eight minutes and jollied around with her friends, dancing in front of the nightclub, enjoying herself, and then walked off," he said.
"It was just absolute rubbish that she'd had her drink spiked, there was no chance."
Scott also told 7News he had 'responded accordingly' with a 'silly message'.
"That's all it was," he added.
But despite Scott maintaining that both he and nightclub staff had done nothing wrong, someone has since set up a Change.org petition calling for Rapture to be shut down.
The petition, which already has more than 11,000 of the required 15,000 signatures, said: "The role of being an owner of a licensed venue should be to demonstrate respect for customers and the community and to ensure a safe environment, at the top of their priorities.
"We believe that this venue has failed to represent the values or the interests of the people of Perth. We are asking for this venue to be closed down and turned into either a shelter for the homeless or a Women's refuge. We also seek for the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor WA to revoke Mr Scott's rights to own, manage or serve alcohol in or at any venue in Western Australia."
According to 7News, the incident has been reported to police, who are investigating the claims.
LADbible has contacted Rapture Nightclub for further comment.
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