A decision made by owners of a Hungry Jack's store in Perth has baffled the masses after a video showing a sign on its front window went viral.
The fast-food store at Whitford City Westfield temporarily banned minors from entering without the presence of a parent or guardian, and it's left many wondering why.
Perth local Nathan spotted the sign taped to the store's window which warned of the new changes. "The best new 18+ venue in Perth", he mocked in a video shared on TikTok, which has now garnered widespread attention.
"ATTENTION: Due to recent incidents, any guests under 17 will not be served without guardian supervision. Regards, Hungry Jack’s Whitfords," the sign read.
John Castillo, a manager at the store, told PerthNow the sign was in response to a recent spate of violence involving teenagers.
"There were incidents where kids came into the restaurant and trashed the place," he said, adding management was "just trying to protect our employees". The sign has since been removed.
Social media mocks Hungry Jack's rule
Despite only being displayed briefly, the sign caused quite a stir, with many mocking the new rule.
Responding to Nathan's TikTok video, dozens joked about having to "bring ID to buy a Whopper". The video was also shared on Instagram by the satire news page The Bell Tower Times with many of their 133K followers racing to the comments.
"Eshays having to bring mummy to get a whopper. Good gear," the post mocked. "Aged-based discrimination …wonder if it’s even legal," another pointed out.
While one Aussie joked that the fast food outlet was cutting out its key customer demographic, joking that "two weeks later Hungry Jack's Whitfield has been forced to close due to a dramatic drop in sales".
A Hungry Jack's spokesperson told 9news that "the well-being of customers and staff at Hungry Jack's is paramount".
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