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Bar owner calls drug raid ‘joke’

workexpboy 28 November 2011 23

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The manager of London Burgers and Beers has criticised ACT police in the Canberra Times today following the raid on his business last October.

The business was closed for a week while police, as well as health and work safety officers, searched the premises for drugs.

Minor health and work safety breaches were found, mostly relating to emergency exits.

”When you’ve got 20-odd police officers in suits, confining you to a booth, while they go through the place from head to toe for 6 hours and find absolutely nothing, it makes you wonder what they base their information on,” Mr Soprano said.

”We had to keep our staff on wages for over a week even though we weren’t open, because people have families to worry about. Effectively, it cost us a lot of money.”

ACT Police said the investigation was on-going.


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Skidd Marx Skidd Marx 8:38 am 29 Nov 11

Tony Soprano – FOTM?

justin heywood justin heywood 9:56 pm 28 Nov 11

IF this is the same guy featured in Tooks’ link..

IF you are a ‘Colourful Sydney (Dog) Racing Identity’ and the subject of much media innuendo, it makes sense to change your name – fresh start, new city and all that.

But could there be a worse choice than Tony Soprano? Why not go completely brain dead and go with Al Capone?

Dumb AND smartarsed is a bad combination. Well done Plod.

matt31221 matt31221 6:46 pm 28 Nov 11

Like I was saying in a previous post – being served your meals by biker/felon looking waiters who look like they want to smack your head in did give the place a really suss feel! The burgers were so good though. I am going to miss a certain flirty Barmaid there too.

Not going there again knowing that Soprano is a known felon.

Good on the cops for pouncing so fast on the business. Even if they didn’t find anything – it’s the thought that counts!

Mysteryman Mysteryman 5:24 pm 28 Nov 11

ex-vectis said :

Is it the same Tony Soprano? If so, thats the (fisrt and) last time I’m going to The London!

Certainly looks like the owner of The London.

Tooks Tooks 5:18 pm 28 Nov 11

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/tony-soprano-accused-of-making-man-an-offer-he-couldnt-refuse/story-e6freuy9-1225761152425

“ALL muscles and imposing stature, Tony Soprano allegedly did not mince words.

“You’ve got a house, you’ve got a Harley, and you’ve got a car – what else you got? What else you got?”

His cowering victim didn’t reply – he was in fear for his life…”

PantsMan PantsMan 5:08 pm 28 Nov 11

Reminds me of the spoon the Romans found in Life of Brian.

ex-vectis ex-vectis 5:05 pm 28 Nov 11

Is it the same Tony Soprano? If so, thats the (fisrt and) last time I’m going to The London!

creative_canberran creative_canberran 2:42 pm 28 Nov 11

nice_enough said :

Are there any bars clubs or restaurants in Canberra that are not owned by drug dealing crooks?

It’s a bit like that silly story on ABC last week about the “dark secret” of tattoo parlours – that the money really goes to organised crime. Since when was that a secret?

Hospitality certainly attracts unethical types, perhaps not always proper crooks, but certainly bad types.

There’s the local restauranteur whose former business partner recently chased him around the kitchen of one of his current establishments with a knife.

Then there’s the local bar owner whose wife’s bar went bust after operating at a loss for years and who himself was found to be in breach of workplace laws around the same time he called in an MP mate to help him skip a DUI charge.

There have been curious brawls, evictions and so on. Asian cafe in Manuka many years ago comes to mind. In fact the bar owner referred to above accused several other bar owners of trying to turf him out to convert the building into a new nightclub.

Henry82 Henry82 2:24 pm 28 Nov 11

Mr Waffle said :

Wouldn’t it only take 20 minutes for a drug sniffer dog to go through the place?

They’ll be looking for anything that links them with the “motorcycle gangs”, so any financial records. Any sheets of paper with details/names/numbers etc. Weapons that can’t be smelt with a dog. If its not a cash dog, it might not be able to smell cash. etc

Mr Waffle Mr Waffle 2:01 pm 28 Nov 11

Call me ignorant, but 6 hours? Wouldn’t it only take 20 minutes for a drug sniffer dog to go through the place? It’s good enough for airport security…

RugbyWhat RugbyWhat 12:53 pm 28 Nov 11

Deref said :

nice_enough said :

Are there any bars clubs or restaurants in Canberra that are not owned by drug dealing crooks?

London Burgers and Beers, it would seem.

Yes, the old “I didn’t do nuffink” defense…

Stevian Stevian 12:52 pm 28 Nov 11

Tony Soprano? Seriously?

Deref Deref 12:37 pm 28 Nov 11

nice_enough said :

Are there any bars clubs or restaurants in Canberra that are not owned by drug dealing crooks?

London Burgers and Beers, it would seem.

Henry82 Henry82 12:34 pm 28 Nov 11

After reading that statement, i had this mental image of a guy in a white tracksuit and bumbag saying to the police “youse got nuffin on me”.

As #8 said, if his “health and safety” was up to scratch, he would be open 6 hrs later. Having said that, all the computers were taken, which may make re-ordering difficult

RugbyWhat RugbyWhat 11:33 am 28 Nov 11

I’m pretty sure the Police search took 6 hours but the premises was closed for a week because it took them that long to fix all of the “Minor health and work safety breaches”.
And if nothing was found, why were several items seized?
http://the-riotact.com/police-statement-on-the-london-raid/57708

Funky1 Funky1 11:31 am 28 Nov 11

nice_enough said :

Are there any bars clubs or restaurants in Canberra that are not owned by drug dealing crooks?

Probably only 98%. Obviously it’s that 2% that spoil it for everyone.

nice_enough nice_enough 11:11 am 28 Nov 11

Are there any bars clubs or restaurants in Canberra that are not owned by drug dealing crooks?

M0les M0les 10:39 am 28 Nov 11

“Mr. Soprano” – Yep, that’s a slam-dunk, book ‘im danno and lets go grab some donuts!

rescuedg rescuedg 10:31 am 28 Nov 11

The guy’s name is Tony Soprano.

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