A nightclub in Sydney, Australia, has banned staring at other patrons, threatening violators with a call to law enforcement.
Club 77 published Its new safety and harassment policy on its site, which explicitly states that patrons must get consent to stare “at someone from afar.” To enforce this new policy, the club will designate one security guard as a “safety officer” every night, identifiable by a pink high-visibility vest, the policy states.
The club developed the new rule in the hopes of remaining a “safe space” after it had recently “attracted some people who do not share our values and ethics when it comes to club culture,” according to the New York Post. Violators will have the police called on them for “harassment,” according to the statement.
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The club announced the rule in a lengthy Instagram post in early August and was met with mixed reactions in the comments. Many commenters appeared to appreciate the rule update, sharing heart emojis and saying “thank you” to the establishment.
Others were less enthused, with one writing “RIP to social interaction. Everything is becoming social media IRL.” Another commented, “never before has the term go woke go broke been more appropriate.” (RELATED: Bouncer In Crimea Jailed For Having Sex With Random Woman In Front Of Nightclub Patrons)
No one has been ejected from the club for violating the new “no staring” policy, according to the club’s owner Dan Gorrel. The club is becoming popular with young people, so he wanted to ensure the new patrons felt comfortable as they partied into the wee hours of the morning, the Daily Telegraph noted.