They do have nice buffalo wings

October 9th, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

The Press reports:

Outgoing Christchurch City Council chief executive Tony Marryatt racked up nearly $9000 on his ratepayer-funded credit card in the last year, including more than $120 on two visits to the bawdy restaurant in the United States.

Figures released to The Press under the Official Information Act show Marryatt twice visited the restaurant chain in Phoenix, Arizona, famous for its young busty waitresses. He was there on a council managers’ conference a year ago.

Cr Tim Carter, who chairs the council’s audit and risk committee and often signed off credit card reports from senior staff, said he was “struggling to understand how spending money at a Hooters bar was council business”. Mayoral candidate Lianne Dalziel has also called for more transparency on council spending.

To be fair to Marryatt, you do need to eat while at conferences and Hooters do have absolutely delicious buffalo wings.  Best I’ve had in America.

But it is a pretty dumb move to choose Hooters as an eating establishment, when the ratepayers (or taxpayers) are paying the bills. I would never go to Hooters if I wasn’t paying the bill myself.

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39 Responses to “They do have nice buffalo wings”

  1. Camryn (549 comments) says:

    Having lived in the US, it’s possible he didn’t have many options if he hadn’t hired a car. Maybe it was room service or Hooters within walking distance. But, yeah, should’ve gone for the room service in that circumstance.

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  2. Nigel (503 comments) says:

    No way are they best, but leaving that alone it’s just not a great place to eat generally & really it’s only the quality application of silicone that makes it worthwhile.

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  3. Longknives (4,048 comments) says:

    “you do need to eat while at conferences and Hooters do have absolutely delicious buffalo wings.”

    I only buy Penthouse for the articles!…..

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  4. mikemikemikemike (242 comments) says:

    I think they are the worst place to have wings. Buffalo Wild Wings is far superior! The girls do have nice enough racks on them – but you can’t exactly do anything with them now can you? (can you?)

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  5. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    sickening…who the fuck do these people think they are?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9259113/Marryatt-racked-up-Hooters-bills-on-city-council

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  6. Harriet (4,010 comments) says:

    Tom Jackson (1,391) Says:
    October 9th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    “….. It is no way a strip club or a morally deviant establishment. ……I went for the Key Lime Pie rather than the tits….”

    OHhhhhhhhhh mate. :cool:

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  7. RRM (8,997 comments) says:

    WTH is a Buffalo wing?

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  8. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    I don’t pay exorbitant rates so that cunts like this marryatt bastard and his cohorts can trip off around the world happily spending MY fucking money while people in Christchurch are still living in garages as a result of the earthquakes !

    This sort of shits gotta stop..and stop now.

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  9. Nigel Kearney (747 comments) says:

    Assuming he spent the money on food and drink and the amount was reasonable, there is no issue here. If John Key ate there, the people whining above would have no problem with it.

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  10. Tom Jackson (2,262 comments) says:

    Hooters is a restaurant with a risqué gimmick. Otherwise, it is no different from any other American sports bar cum restaurant.

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  11. alloytoo (338 comments) says:

    ” I would never go to Hooters if I wasn’t paying the bill myself.”

    David, these bludgers NEVER pay the bill themselves.

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  12. Tom Jackson (2,262 comments) says:

    To be perfectly honest, we need this kind of establishment in NZ. I have not had decent wings in years, and they ruin nachos here by dumping mince on them.

    If I must be served them by a blonde with double D’s, then so be it.

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  13. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    The point is…what is a town clerk doing in America with a council credit card spending my money on food and piss?

    The prick was on over 500K a year…you would think he would have some spare change out of his own pocket for a burger and a beer.

    Its OUR money he was blowing!

    Re John Key eating at Hooters , yes you are right..no issue at all..he is the PRIME MINISTER after all ! Marryott was a town clerk paper shuffling moron.

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  14. Tom Jackson (2,262 comments) says:

    To be fair, the women who serve you at most NZ “sports bars” have bigger breasts than the Hooters girls. Mind you, they’re also toothless, leather-faced, and wear an expression like a smacked arse.

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  15. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    dont forget to mention their big arses as well Tom

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  16. Tom Jackson (2,262 comments) says:

    dont forget to mention their big arses as well Tom

    I’d managed to block that out.

    Yes, most of them are a couple of axe handles across the backside.

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  17. duggledog (1,117 comments) says:

    ‘Yes, most of them are a couple of axe handles across the backside.’

    Ha ha my old dad used that one. Cheers Tom, laughed out loud

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  18. Alan (922 comments) says:

    FFS, Hooters isn’t “bawdy”, it’s a corporate chain.

    He spent $120 on two visits, I’m guessing a burger and a beer, maybe ribs at a push.

    The man’s got to eat, really don’t see the problem. It’s perfectly legitimate in his job for the guy to travel for educational and business purposes.

    Bitter tall poppy haters, that’s all this is.

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  19. skyblue (193 comments) says:

    I went to Hooters in Atlanta in 2009 and I paid without fuss from higher up the food chain. The Buffalo Wings were good though.
    The thing I remember most was the Waitress, named Kat, she was cross eyed. I thought it was us blokes that were meant to be cross eyed:).

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  20. labrator (1,691 comments) says:

    How much did the OIA request cost? I can guarantee a lot more than what Marryatt spent at a restaurant which accommodates families every day. As someone suggested above, if you chuck the addresses in to Google maps, you’ll also find it’s less than 4 minutes walk from the conference centre

    What’s more interesting is:

    It also prompted Dalziel to sound a warning to council staff on their credit card spending habits, saying she wanted to see all council spending regularly disclosed.

    How did this make the article? Is she the mayor? Does she work for the council? Why is her view important? Sounds like a puff piece for her mayoral run thinly disguised as an article on transparency. The photo selection is also very revealing.

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  21. Nigel (503 comments) says:

    Kinda tough to rack up $60 there actually thinking about it, meals are like 15, beer maybe 4, I really hope there were no t-shirts or such involved, they sell a ton of merchandise. The best one I’ve been to was Vegas, decent casino and good beer.
    Buffalo wings are hot wings, named about the town buffalo in ny state, just chicken wings with hot sauce really, I am not a huge fan, but if you dig around places like NYC there are some really nice places for wings.

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  22. Elaycee (4,089 comments) says:

    Isn’t this simply a storm in a D Cup? :D

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  23. tvb (3,945 comments) says:

    There should be an audit of all his expense claims. There is smoke here now let us see if there is fire.

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  24. dime (8,785 comments) says:

    The dudes gotta eat. As long as hes within budget, i dont care if he has a sandwich at a strip club.

    Hell, i dont care if he goes to that strip club where you buy pellets and the sluts eat out of your hand. he can blow all his cash on pallets and go hungry. as long as hes within budget.

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  25. Longknives (4,048 comments) says:

    “Hell, i dont care if he goes to that strip club where you buy pellets and the sluts eat out of your hand”

    Does such a place exist Dime?? I’m curious- Purely out of ..um.. interest.

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  26. dime (8,785 comments) says:

    It does in Dimes mind :D

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  27. Prince (81 comments) says:

    Why not do the sensible thing and pay a per diem to employees while they are away ? How and where they spend it is their business, and they just claim a set per diem amount, say $60, for every night they are away.

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  28. OneTrack (1,977 comments) says:

    Nobody seems to be questioning why he was in the US anyway. Isn’t he a professional administrator, paid handsomely for his existing skills. So he shouldn’t need even more training or conferencing or whatever. This is just troughing.

    I seem to remember that they had an earthquake down that way and the council lost their authority to grant consents. Maybe he (and the hangers-on that went with him) could have helped with those instead of swanning off on junkets overseas. But, I guess the council is in condition-normal mode. What earthquake?

    I’m with liarbors a joke on this one. If I was a CHC ratepayer I would be absolutely spewing about this (I’ve got Len :-( ).

    He is just a town clerk and he couldn’t even do that properly.

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  29. Tauhei Notts (1,511 comments) says:

    I think you are all missing the point here.
    The $120 is totally chickenfeed when compared to the tens of millions that Marryatt cost the Hamilton ratepayers.
    Liaboursajoke used a disgraceful word to describe Marryatt. The use of that word is justified when used to describe Marryatt.

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  30. Alan (922 comments) says:

    “Nobody seems to be questioning why he was in the US anyway. Isn’t he a professional administrator, paid handsomely for his existing skills. So he shouldn’t need even more training or conferencing or whatever. This is just troughing.”

    No, every day is a school day, professional development and learning never ever stops. The world isn’t a fixed place, it’s constantly changing and people need to keep skills fresh, meet with peers and learn new things.

    I’m in my early 40s in a reasonably senior position, acknowledged as the “go to guy” for a lot of things, I still spend on average 1 hour a day on education, reading and study. All my peers do. A little while back I did an expensive conference in the US, cost my employer maybe $15k for the week, but I came back buzzing with new ideas and with great contacts I could leverage information from.

    I don’t know anything about this guy, but continued professional development seems vital to me.

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  31. ross69 (3,645 comments) says:

    A little while back I did an expensive conference in the US, cost my employer maybe $15k for the week, but I came back buzzing with new ideas and with great contacts I could leverage information from.

    Books contain a lot of ideas, and teleconferences provide great contacts, not to mention an opportunity to discuss those ideas. One day your company might take advantage of these new fangled things and save lots of money. :)

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  32. KevinH (1,129 comments) says:

    Well here’s the rub, if Marryatt can then all Christchurch staff can. If it’s good enough for the CEO to dine at establishments like Hooters then the staff can likewise eat at similar establishments ie Showgirls, etc. What the hell, it’s taxpayers footing the bill so who gives a stuff.

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  33. MT_Tinman (2,793 comments) says:

    It doesn’t matter where Marryatt ate – the price seems cheap enough.The two things of concern in this column are that Marryatt appears to have kept his council credit card while on “gardening leave” and that The Press treats the commynist soak as mayor instead of just one of the candidates.

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  34. Dean Papa (623 comments) says:

    cheap? really? Is $120 for a couple of meals of burgers chips and/or buffalo wings considered cheap?

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  35. RRM (8,997 comments) says:

    Again, WTH is a “Buffalo Wing”???

    Even my 9yo knows Buffaloes don’t have wings. :???:

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  36. BlairM (2,266 comments) says:

    Why Going to Hooters is Legitimate Council Expenditure

    Hooters is just a restaurant with cheeky name and a propensity for hiring cute College girls. It’s not a bordello, or a strip club, and the girls who serve you don’t do anything other than what normal waitresses and bartenders do in normal restaurants. The expenditure there doesn’t sound unreasonable.

    The real issue is the junkets themselves, and whether they represented value for money. That ground is a lot shakier. It seems like the media is only interested in where the pennies are going, not the pounds.

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  37. BlairM (2,266 comments) says:

    Again, WTH is a “Buffalo Wing”???

    Even my 9yo knows Buffaloes don’t have wings. :???:

    They are called “Buffalo” wings because they are small chicken wings (and legs) served in deliciously spicy cayenne pepper sauce – a practice originating in Buffalo, New York. They are utterly delectable served with blue cheese sauce. :-P

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  38. Manolo (12,642 comments) says:

    Again, WTH is a “Buffalo Wing”???

    You need to travel a bit more. No, Taihape is not the centre of the world. :D

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  39. RRM (8,997 comments) says:

    You need to travel a bit more. No, Taihape is not the centre of the world. :D

    Play with my balls, and tell me how big they are.

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