Penalty hard to swallow for patron

Rebecca Ellis is crying foul after being banned for three months from an Emerald pub.
Rebecca Ellis is crying foul after being banned for three months from an Emerald pub.

TRY as she might, Rebecca Ellis can't fathom how she got sin-binned by an Emerald pub after a happy, trouble-free night of State of Origin celebrations.

In league with half a dozen work mates, the group decided to have one more drink after cheering on the triumphant Maroons in game one at the Maraboon Tavern.

About midnight, they walked into the back bar of the Emerald Hotel.

A male friend ordered Rebecca's drink and as she sipped the vodka sunrise, she got a shock when a security guard told her to finish it and leave.

Later that morning, a friend texted Rebecca to tell her she had been banned for three months from re-entering the pub for allegedly calling one of the female bar staff a derogatory name and attempting to pick a fight with her.

"This is just ridiculous," said the pretty 18-year-old, who believes jealousy may have been a motive in a "big set-up".

"I got three months for walking in and having a drink… in a place where they have all these punch-ups and stabbings and what-not going on, and apparently I abused the staff and said I wanted to fight them."

Rebecca said she rang the hotel manager to discuss the matter last Thursday only to find herself told, "all you are is trouble to my pub". Not surprisingly, she disagreed.

"It's a place where everybody goes to have catch-ups… I have six people out the back with me and then the security guard said, 'after this drink I request you leave'," Rebecca said.

"My workmate said it was all bull****, my other friend who was standing there with me said, 'are you serious?'.

"I did nothing wrong. It just concerns me how I can have this punishment for no reason."

Emerald Hotel management declined to comment.

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