Bar turns away Danish prince due to lack of ID

Danny Woods
August 22, 2017

Aimed at curbing alcohol and drug-fuelled violence, the new laws require venues open past midnight in Queensland's safe night precincts to scan IDs after 10:00pm.

He said Frederick arrived with plain-clothes police from the dignitary protection unit who asked he be allowed to enter despite not having ID. "We are dealing with this all the time", he said.

Many Brisbane venues haven't exactly been stoked about the mandatory introduction of the I.D. scanners that are apparently meant to keep the city safe, and one venue has just had a particularly embarrassing issue as a result of the new tech, causing them to turn away Denmark's Crown Prince (and husband of former Aussie Princess Mary) because of his I.D.

"The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation has no knowledge or notification of this incident occurring", she said.

"He bought a dark and stormy - so to give him credit he seemed like a very nice fellow".

The incident has put the state's liquor laws, which came into effect last month, back in the national spotlight.

Mr Hogan maintained "we did everything we reasonably could". "It's happening all the time with normal people", he said. "They are welcome in our state, but like any travellers coming internationally they need to know the law of the land when they get there, so we will do work in that space as the Commonwealth Games approaches".

Jade Buddha owner Phil Hogan has blasted the ‘stupid law
Jade Buddha owner Phil Hogan has blasted the ‘stupid law

Gresham manager Ryan Lane said called the laws "embarrassing" after the club was forced to turn away a group of French winemakers, aged between 40-65 years old, who were not carrying identification in July.

"I think Queenslanders like the idea that everyone, regardless of whether they are a prince or an average man or woman on the street, I think that Queenslanders like that everyone is treated the same under the laws of our state", he said.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath saw the incident in a positive light, saying it only showed that venues "applied the law equally".

His wife, Mary, is Australian by birth.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the prince tried to enter Jade Budda Bar just before midnight, but was refused entry because he didn't have his identification card with him to prove he was over the age of 18.

"I think the Government will be looking at that", he said.

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