Last week I shared the video of a man pieing Qantas’ CEO Alan Joyce in the face during a business breakfast in Perth.
— 7 News Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) May 9, 2017
While I’ve seen people being pied as a juvenile prank, this was a bit different, as this was an older man who had a serious look on his face while he was doing it, and clearly didn’t find it funny. We quickly found out the guy’s motives — as it turns out, 67 year old Tony Overheu decided to pie Joyce to make a statement about marriage equality. Joyce is openly gay, and Qantas is a big supporter of marriage equality in Australia. Overheu doesn’t like that, and thinks that Qantas is “bulldozing” their agenda.
Having learned about the guy’s motives, Joyce decided to press charges, though it looks like he has more than that coming his way — the man was now also slapped with a lifetime Qantas ban. Per the Western Australian:
It is understood the ban was imposed on Friday. It will prohibit Mr Overheu from travelling on flights operated by Qantas, Jetstar or any partner airline, such as Emirates.
He is due to appear in Perth Magistrate’s Court on June 7 on assault and trespass charges.
The part that’s most interesting is that he’s also supposedly banned from partner airlines. I’m not sure if I believe that, or if perhaps that was just misunderstood, but rather they just mean Qantas’ subsidiaries.
This guy wanted to make a point about a subject in a very disrespectful way, and now Qantas is making a point as well, as they should.