Kiwi café owner apologises for ‘appalling’ joke on Reeva’s death

2014-10-13 00:00

WELLINGTON — A café owner in New Zealand had to apologise after he printed a joke about the death of Oscar Pistorius’s girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at the bottom of his till slips.

The South African athlete, who was acquitted on a charge of murder but found guilty on culpable homicide after he shot Steenkamp through a closed toilet door, is due back in ocurt today for his sentencing hearing.

The joke reads: “Oscar Pistorius was keen to get a new bathroom door, but his girlfriend was dead against it.”

Keith Morrison, owner of the Scorch-O-Rama Café in Wellington, removed the joke when he received a stream of complaints on social media. He also publicly apologised for the joke and donated NZ$1 000 (R8 618) to a women’s refuge.

One person who calls herself Miss Lafrique, posted a response that captured most of the public’s sentiment: “Usually I find people over-react to some jokes they think were in bad taste but there is absolutely no excuse for this joke being made.

“Uncalled for and absolutely appalling. It was very rude and I can’t believe the nerve of the owner to even think of, let alone actually print, the joke on all of his receipts. Probably a PR stunt to get more attention to his café as I honestly can’t think of any other reason why anyone would do this.”

Morrison apologised on the café’s Facebook page, posting: “Sometimes our brains are the last thing to engage, when they should be the first.

“We truly are sorry and removed it as soon as we had that vital moment of awareness,” he wrote. “The comment was in bad taste and has been removed. We apologise again for any hurt or distress we caused people — it was absolutely never our intention.”— Media24.

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