Taliban claim responsibility for rude hotel comments

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for a number of rude comments made to staff at this hotel over the weekend; comments that had previously been attributed to National MP Aaron Gilmore.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for a number of rude comments made to staff at this hotel over the weekend; comments that had previously been attributed to National MP Aaron Gilmore.

Afghan insurgent group the Taliban have this afternoon claimed responsibility for a heated exchange that took place between a table of diners and wait staff at a Hanmer Springs hotel over the weekend.

The exchange at the Heritage Hotel – in which a waiter was called a “dickhead” and asked “Don’t you know who I am?” – was initially believed to have been instigated by low-ranking National MP Aaron Gilmore. But Gilmore has denied witness accounts of the incident, saying that some of his comments had been misconstrued, and others he simply didn’t say at all.

The Taliban are now corroborating that story, saying it was they, not Gilmore, who caused both minor inconvenience and vague emotional stress to the hotel’s staff.

In a video released to a number of extremist websites today, the Taliban said that the attack was a retaliatory action against New Zealand for its involvement in Afghanistan. They promised that if New Zealand continued to offer aid to the U.S. in battlefields around the world, more faux pas were likely to take place in the future.

Aaron Gilmore’s office told media that the MP was pleased to see that the Taliban had helped clear things up this afternoon, and released a statement on his behalf.

“Mr. Gilmore’s thoughts and prayers are with the victims of Saturday’s contemptible attack,” read the statement. “But he is also relieved to have been cleared of any responsibility in the matter. Mr. Gilmore has said repeatedly that he did not say those words. Everybody knows who Mr. Gilmore is, and it is scurrilous to suggest he would be in a position of having to ask that.”

Prime Minister John Key said that the news of Taliban involvement in a verbal attack on New Zealand soil was “very concerning,” and added that the government was already investigating the possibility of extremist involvement in two drink spillages at an Epsom supermarket this afternoon.

When asked about the mix-up with Aaron Gilmore, the Prime Minister appeared confused by the question.

“Who?” he asked.