A Cork pub owner apologized after being filmed saying he hopes the COVID pandemic will continue for another ten years due to the financial support he receives from the government.
Tony Campion, owner of the Silver Key pub and restaurant in Cork City, was recently caught on camera saying he was hoping the pandemic would continue for another decade so he could buy “a place in Barbados”.
Campion was filmed telling patrons in the outdoor space of his pub that his salary costs were almost halved as he downsized from 64 to 40 due to the pandemic.
“My payroll is around eighteen and a half K (thousands) a week. It was around thirty-two K a week. And the Irish government gives me $ 15,000 every week in the form of a government grant,” he said. Campion said in the video.
The owner of Silver Key Bar and Restaurant Co Cork. Explain why they are silent while getting rich on government grants. They are also discriminatory and want it to last another 10 years. pic.twitter.com/ZC3ZE5IbvJ
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Campion apologized in a statement on his ad’s Facebook account after the video was circulated widely on social media.
“They say when the drink is in it the meaning is out and that wise old phrase has resonated very loudly with me over the past few days,” Campion wrote on Facebook.
Campion said he believed his comments were drunken jokes among friends and said he had “wholeheartedly” apologized for any breaches caused.
“Recently, at a private party at my premises, I was insensibly bragging about the Covid-related payments. At the time, I thought it was a drunken joke between friends. Unbeknownst to me, however, was that my bravado was surreptitiously filmed without my consent and that the video would then be used online as a vehicle to embarrass, humiliate and, in some cases, publicly abuse and threaten me.
“I have been very anxious and stressed out since the deaths of my father and mother-in-law – all during Covid. Letting off steam like that was one of my ways of dealing with it, although totally inappropriate.”