Rumaz Niteclub owners Mark (far left) and Sarah Vakauta (far right) with staff Matt Best, Amy Frizell, Chris Hewbel, Sarah Tutlys and the bottles being replaced.
Rumaz Niteclub owners Mark (far left) and Sarah Vakauta (far right) with staff Matt Best, Amy Frizell, Chris Hewbel, Sarah Tutlys and the bottles being replaced.

Glass goes from Bay nightclub

STAFF spent hours removing thousands of dollars worth of bottled alcohol from Rumaz Niteclub yesterday, as it became the latest venue in the region to go glass-free.

Rumaz co-owner Sarah Vakauta said the club was replacing all glass in the club with plastic cups and cans to stop glassings from happening and to prevent the club from being blamed for any violent incidents involving glass.

“Basically we’ve just taken the initiative on our own due to the recent violence related to alcohol,” she said.

She said although there had not been any glassings at the venue, the club had been blamed for a glassing incident in March this year when a teenager was allegedly struck in the face with a bottle on Carlo Street.

“Even though it was never proved that the bottle was from here and we were actually closed, just because he’d been drinking at our venue that night we got the blame for that.

“We’ve had enough of being blamed for people coming out and behaving badly and then we cop the blame for it.”

But she said she believed drugs played a role in street violence as well as alcohol, and police should test violent offenders for both.

“I honestly believe through experience in here and doing security for a lot of years that drugs do play a role in this violence as well, it’s not just alcohol,” she said.

Viper Nightclub owner Richard Olujic, whose club is already glass-free, said Rumaz’ decision to go glass-free was a good thing for the community and he encouraged other nightclubs to do the same.

“It’s a good thing for the whole community. I certainly hope more nightclubs follow suit.”



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