Karalee Tavern owner Glen Atkinson says he kept his prices normal through the flood crisis period.
Karalee Tavern owner Glen Atkinson says he kept his prices normal through the flood crisis period. David Nielsen

Pub boss denies $120 carton claim

KARALEE Tavern owner Glen Atkinson has denied allegations he sold cartons of beer for $120 in the middle of the flood crisis.

Among a swag of profiteering reports, rumours radiated from Ipswich last week the Karalee Tavern wanted $120 for a carton of XXXX Gold.

But Mr Atkinson said the situation had erupted following a post on Facebook, and that “the rumour had subsequently become viral”.

He said he and his family had taken in families who had lost their homes and people kept coming to the tavern wanting to buy alcohol.

“We had no power; the cold rooms were flooded, we had 15 to 20 people living at the tavern and we had people knocking on the doors at all hours wanting beer,” he said.

“I have a transport business as well and the boys volunteered to work in there while I was comforting my wife.

“They were selling cartons of beer and other alcohol and they didn’t have any change, so if a carton cost $45 they might have charged $50, and if a bottle of scotch cost $68.99 they might have sold it for $70.

“We didn’t even sell XXXX Gold. We had 12 cartons left and I told the boys not to sell it. So the claims are ludicrous.”

He said he was heartbroken that his two young daughters were being verbally attacked and he had also received hate mail and abusive phone calls.

“I’m part of this community too, and I just want people to know that I would never, ever, do such a terrible, dishonest thing. I just want people to come back,” he said.

“Along with so many others in this community, I’ve lost my home and I’m scared of what the future will bring.”



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