Banned! Do Not Darken Our Doorstep Ever Again


I read three stories this week where certain people were given ‘banned’ notices. Two were quite humorous, the third not so funny. The first event was here in New Zealand. A back packers in Blenheim has actually banned New Zealanders from staying there because they are notorious for getting drunk and generally behaving badly.

The second event made me chuckle.  

A French restaurateur has banned ‘bankers’ from his restaurant. He was running a very successful business and wanted to open another cafe. To do so he needed a E70K loan. Not one single bank would give him a loan even though his books were in very good order. He was so incensed that he has a sign outside his establishment saying ‘Dogs welcome, bankers banned (unless they pay an entry fee of E70,000).’    

The third story is really tragic.

The government of North Rhine-Westphalia has said it will not accept any more asylum seekers from Morocco after migrants were identified as suspects in the Cologne sex attacks.

If we visit any establishment or country surely, if we want to be invited back, we act respectfully. Surely, in the case of the migrants, if a country has generously opened it’s doors to us, the way to ensure we will be invited to stay, is to behave well; to respect the opportunity we’ve been given.

But the three situations prompted me to think about the ‘rights’ of the people who felt things had gone so far that ‘banning’ was their only option. And why some people think it is OK to abuse and disrespect people and property; that it is their ‘right’ to behave in any way they like.

I remember watching a ‘NZ police’ programme where the local police were trying to clean up an area notorious for teen drivers racing and doing their wheelies. The locals in the area were being driven insane – bottles thrown into gardens; teenagers urinating in doorways and noise going on till dawn. When interviewed, one teen driver said ‘why don’t they just leave us alone – we have the right to do whatever we want.’ Really?

So let’s deal with the back packers first - apparently 80% of the establishments in the area have the same no-Kiwi policy so clearly this poor behaviour has gone on for some considerable time, and the township as a whole has reached the stage where they have said ‘enough’.

Did the owners of these establishments have the right to single out New Zealanders only and ban them en masse? Surely that’s racist and against Human Rights? Probably. But these people have  businesses to run, and I think it’s absolutely within THEIR rights to say ‘you are not welcome’. 

What about our lovely French restaurateur. Does he have the right to single out ‘bankers’? Probably not – but good on him and hopefully it sent a message to said banks that they need to lift their game.

And so to the migrants.

How sad and how appalling that a country gave them sanctuary and they repaid that kindness in such a disgusting way.  The tragedy is (like all the stories above) is that ALL Moroccans are going to pay for a few. ALL Kiwi’s are going to pay for a few, and ALL bankers in that township will pay for the appalling customer service of the few.

As our world becomes more populated; as our cities and workplaces become more multi cultural, it becomes even more important that companies espouse their values. That they state clearly ‘this is the way we behave in this establishment’.

As more and more migrants resettle in other countries, they must respect the ‘rights’ of their elected country. After all, if our home burned down and we were given refuge in another person’s home until our place could be rebuilt, we would expect to respect that family’s rules and ways; we would not expect to impose OUR ways? That would be downright rude.

‘Rights’ come with responsibilities.

Ann Andrews CSP

MD The Corporate Toolbox


Ann Andrews CSP specialises in working with high performing teams and showing managers how to deal with poor performance.

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