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Campaigners Slam Pub For 'Would You Punch Your Ex In The Face For A Steak' Advert

Campaigners Slam Pub For 'Would You Punch Your Ex In The Face For A Steak' Advert

A landlord said his pub faces a ban on selling booze after he posted a bizarre advert asking customers: 'Would You Punch Your Ex In The Face For A Steak?'

Craig Harker who runs the George Pub and Grill in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, posted the ad to the Facebook page and claims that it was aimed at entertaining the pub's 92,000 Facebook followers, and the post received more than 1,300 reactions.

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The George Pub and Grill in Stockton-on-Tees. Credit: SWNS
The George Pub and Grill in Stockton-on-Tees. Credit: SWNS

But Craig said two days ago he was called into a meeting with police to discuss potentially stripping the pub of its alcohol licence over the post.

The Advertising Standards Agency also said the ad breached its code and it would team up with Facebook to take action if Craig continued. But the 32-year-old remained defiant and has refused to apologise.

He said: "With the original post seen by hundreds of thousands of people, only a small percentage made the complaints or took offence to it. Anyone who took offence simply isn't our clientele and we know our audience."

Craig Harker with the steak. Credit: SWNS
Craig Harker with the steak. Credit: SWNS
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He went on: "To top the madness off, the police have then taken on the request of the MP and are actually investigating The George FB page.

"Surely with police cuts they have more important things to concentrate on, like the local issues with drugs, knives and thefts - the actual issues in the town.

"Now the police licencing and council licensing have tag teamed together to try and remove our licence for alcohol and placed us under review.

"The whole scenario is absolutely laughable when we have never had a police incident in the whole six years of running.

"This is the PC brigade gone nuts, and the world does not need more political correctness dictating what we can not say."

Craig says that the police have taken on the request of the MP. Credit: SWNS
Craig says that the police have taken on the request of the MP. Credit: SWNS

Craig posted a photo of the steak with the caption: 'Would You Punch Your Ex In The Face For A Steak' at around 9.40am on July 27.

He was slammed online by anti violence charity White Ribbon Scotland who tweeted: "Its a shocking approach to advertising @ASA_UK that any business would offer free food as an incentive to undertake violence against an ex partner. It's not a joke it's misogynistic attitudes in practice!"

Charity ambassador James Chespy added on Twitter: "I have tweeted the 2 MPs who represent Stockton North and Stockton South asked them to use their best efforts to get the pub in question to remove this offensive Facebook post."

Craig said that 'the PC brigade has gone nuts'. Credit: SWNS
Craig said that 'the PC brigade has gone nuts'. Credit: SWNS

Head of PR at Women's Aid Teresa Parker criticised the ad and wrote: "Just shocking domestic abuse is no laughing matter.

"Not funny to 'joke' about punching your ex in the face, especially to the many survivors of domestic abuse living every day in fear of their ex. With 1 woman getting killed every 4 days in the UK, they are scared for a reason."

Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham added: "It's completely unacceptable language and the owner should take it down immediately. My office is reporting it to the police".

Cleveland Police said that the post 'risks normalising violence in intimate relationships'. Credit: SWNS
Cleveland Police said that the post 'risks normalising violence in intimate relationships'. Credit: SWNS

Stockton Council declined to comment and said it was a matter for the police.

A Cleveland Police spokesperson confirmed a meeting between Craig and the force took place on Tuesday (13).

They added: "Any licence review is dealt with as part of a formal process, and as such, we would not provide a comment outside of that process if any review were to take place."

He said he now has to wait to find out if Stockton Council and Cleveland Police will revoke his pub's licence.

This isn't the first time Craig has been in trouble with the ASA. In 2017 he posted a similar advert reading: "Would You Punch Your Ex In The Face For A Parmo?"

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: News, uk news, Domestic violence, domestic abuse

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

 

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