Couple throws uproar at restaurant for QR check-in code, assaults owner and customer: report

couple charged with assault over qr code fight
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Jul. 6 2021, Published 1:07 p.m. ET

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After refusing to use the QR check-in code at an Australian restaurant, a couple attacked a restaurant owner and a customer and have now been charged with assault, according to authorities.

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Officials said the 34-year-old man and 27-year-old woman refused to check in to the restaurant using the QR code, so they were refused entry.

Mondaq talked with the restaurant owner, Mostafa Jamalifard, who said the man told him, “‘I'm not going to follow anything … that's all bull**** and I'm not going to do that for my personal reasons.”

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From there, the man picked up a bottle of water, smashed it against the wall and then punched the owner in the face, authorities said.

The man was escorted out of the restaurant, which is when he punched Jamalifard on the street, officials said. Officials said the restaurant owner had a suspected broken nose.

At the same time, the woman attempted to jump the restaurant counter before biting a 44-year-old customer, who was trying to intervene, according to authorities.

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The man was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, affray, intimidation and intentional or reckless damage to property, authorities said.

The woman was also charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, officials said.

The couple was also fined $1,000 each for failing to comply with a public health order, which currently requires people to check-in at all venues in Australia, officials said.

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