Conflicting Gilmore claims

Did Aaron Gilmore threaten he would get the prime Minister to end a waiter’s employment?

According to Andrew Riches’ statement:

I felt compelled to leave a private note of apology directly in relation to one incident at the conclusion of the night where Mr Gilmore attempted to use his status as a Member of Parliament to his own advantage once he had been denied further alcohol service.

He threatened to have the Prime Minister’s Office intervene and end the waiter’s employment.

His business card was presented to verify his identity.

John Key’s statement:

“My Chief of Staff has rung Mr Gilmore this afternoon and Mr Gilmore refuted the allegation.

Mr Gilmore indicated that he did not believe that he used the words claimed in Mr Riches statement.”

One person’s word against another.

Without the waiter giving his version it may remain at that, Key has said that he has to accept Gilmore’s assurance without getting a formal complaint. Presumably Andrew Riches could make such a complaint. There is no indication that he will.

How convincing is Gilmore’s denial? From the original news report (Aaron Gilmore – dickhead unapologetic):

Gilmore told The Press restaurant staff had unfairly blamed him for the behaviour of the whole group, and there was “no story” in what occurred.

He said he had apologised to the hotel staff after two members of the dining party became “grossly intoxicated”, with one needing to be escorted away.

However, he was “not aware” of being rude or making the alleged comments to the barman.

He could not be sure if he or another member of his party told the waiter to “stop being a dickhead” while discussing liquor-licensing laws.“I don’t know if that was said by me or another colleague. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t me.”

He later said, “It may well have been me.”

However, he later retracted the comment.

Take from that what you like.