In a bizarre incident at the Qantas Lounge of Melbourne Airport, a backpacker has allegedly spent three days drinking free beer, thanks to his access to the VIP lounge.
The 27-year-old backpacker, whose identity has not been revealed, reportedly gained access to the exclusive lounge for the first time in his life, after being upgraded to business class. What happened next has left many people stunned.
According to eyewitnesses, the backpacker, who was carrying a large backpack and dressed in casual clothes, walked into the Qantas Lounge and headed straight to the bar area.
There, he began drinking beer non-stop for three days, without paying a single cent.
It’s been reported that the backpacker had a strategic plan in place to avoid being recognized by the staff. He would wait until the bartender shifts changed, and then order drinks from a new bartender, thereby avoiding any suspicion.
The backpacker’s antics were eventually discovered by a Qantas staff member, who became suspicious of his extended stay in the lounge.
The staff member then contacted airport security, who escorted the backpacker out of the lounge when it turned out he missed his flight 2 days prior.
A Qantas spokesperson has confirmed the incident, stating that the airline is investigating the matter.
“We take the safety and security of our customers very seriously, and we do not condone any behavior that puts this at risk,” the spokesperson said.
It’s not clear if the backpacker will face any charges for his actions. However, the incident has sparked widespread debate on social media, with many people questioning the security protocols in place at Qantas Lounges.
Further details about the backpacker’s behavior in the Qantas Lounge have emerged, revealing that he went to great lengths to avoid detection.
According to witnesses, the backpacker changed his clothes every couple of hours, and would often wear disguises such as hats and sunglasses to throw off suspicion.
“It was really strange,” said one witness, who wished to remain anonymous. “He would disappear into the bathroom for a few minutes and then come back out wearing a different outfit. He even had a few wigs that he would wear sometimes.”
The witness added that the backpacker seemed to be enjoying himself and was friendly to other lounge patrons.
However, his behavior became more erratic as the days wore on, and he began to attract attention with his constant drinking and wardrobe changes.
It remains unclear how the backpacker was able to stay in the lounge for so long without being detected.
Some have speculated that he may have exploited a loophole in the lounge’s entry requirements, while others have suggested that he simply got lucky and was not caught earlier.
Whatever the case may be, the incident has raised concerns about the security and monitoring of airport lounges, and many are calling for stricter measures to be put in place to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.