Hungry Jack’s Whitfords refuses to serve unsupervised teenagers

A major fast-food restaurant in Perth’s northern suburbs has taken the drastic step of refusing to serve anyone under the age of 17 unaccompanied by a guardian.

A bizarre notice on the glass doors of Hungry Jack’s in Whitfords states that only supervised children can order.

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“Caution: Due to recent incidents, guests under the age of 17 will not be served without guardian supervision,” the sign read.

A picture of the announcement was shared on social media by satirical site The Bell Tower Times, and many rushed to give their opinion.

“We had a children’s birthday party there and the Eshays just took over the place, openly sharing stolen goods and intimidating everyone. The police must ban the property,” one person said.

Another said: “I now have to bring ID to buy a Whopper.”

A third person disagreed with the ban, saying it was unfair that all teenagers were being pigeonholed.

“Punishing everyone less for what they do is just wrong,” they argued.

According to reports, the HJ employees were fed up after several incidents in which young people came into the restaurant “and destroyed the shop”.

A Hungry Jack restaurant has refused to serve teenagers without a guardian. Credit: MICK TSIKAS/AAPIPICTURE

Hungry Jack’s told that “the well-being of customers and staff at Hungry Jack’s is of the utmost importance”.

“Yesterday a temporary sign was put up at our restaurant in Whitfords due to the unruly behavior of a group of young people. It was subsequently removed,” a spokesman said.

It comes after Hillarys nightclub Bar 1, just 10 minutes from Whitfords HJ’s, introduced a ban on patrons wearing red shoes.

Bar owner Malcolm Pages said action was needed after a spate of trouble given the ban on referring to a “certain style of person” rather than someone who is “well dressed”.

“It’s more of a certain part of the person that has red Nikes or red ASICs or red New Balance that goes with a big, thick chain and a certain shirt,” Pages previously said.

“It’s a bit eshay. It’s also a bit of a local suburban Australian hero and every pub, nightclub, bar, security officer and police officer will tell you… the local hero certainly wears a certain style of dress.”

For those unfamiliar, the term “eshay” refers to an urban youth subculture that favors sports brands and is often associated with criminal activity.

Three Eshays, pictured with the Maserati Ghibli that was stolen from Woodside boss Meg O’Neill. Credit: WA Police

WA’s top police officer, speaking on Eshays in January, said: “Our focus is on the crime, not the person”.

“Eshays are probably the longest-running line of young people expressing themselves in certain ways,” said Police Commissioner Col Blanch.

“Whatever you think of red shoes and the look, and the little bags they carry on the side… I’m not going to comment on the fashion.”

Blanch argued “that the way people look has nothing to do with anything” and said there would be no extra police attention when it comes to the future.

“People who choose to be criminals or choose to commit crimes, that interests me,” Blanch said.

“I don’t care what you look like.”

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