Kiwi loses cool over Aussie TV ad

Tue-29-May-12 07:13

A disgruntled Kiwi living in southwest New South Wales has been charged after losing his cool over a local TV ad poking fun at the New Zealand accent.

The 44-year-old Griffith man allegedly assaulted and intimidated a television employee on Friday in an apparent payback for the WIN regional station airing a furniture company television ad featuring two animated kookaburras speaking with New Zealand accents, the Area News reports.

The satirical ad shows the kookaburras saying "Yeah, bro", "Sweet as, bro" and "Choice, bro".

The man allegedly abused the staff at Knockonwood stores over the phone on Friday before turning up at WIN's Griffith offices and demanding to know who authorised the ad.

Police claim he assaulted a male member of the station's advertising staff.

He was later arrested and charged with misuse of a telecommunications device, intimidation, common assault, resisting arrest and intimidating police.

Paul Pierotti, managing director of Knockonwood's parent company, the Caesar Group, said the incident had not convinced him to take the ad off air, but said he was sorry if it had offended anyone.

The accused has been released on conditional bail and will front Griffith Local Court on June 13.

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