April 27, 2015 – New Zealand’s John Key is seven months into his third term as Prime Minister and several days into an increasingly hairy situation. Literally hairy. It seems the leader of the country’s National party can’t stop himself from pulling women’s ponytails. Multiple cases have been sited of the PM’s odd behavior in recent years but “ponytailgate” reached a tipping point when in an anonymous post on New Zealand’s political website The Daily Blog, a local waitress said Key repeatedly tugged on her ponytail, having approached making “scary, suspense sound effects, like the music from the movie Jaws”.
“He would come up behind me when I was at the ordering terminal, tug on my hair and then pretend that his wife, Bronagh, had done it (much to her embarrassment), and she would tell him to stop it. As he rounded the corner behind me he commented “that’s a very tantalising ponytail.”
And apparently this Kiwi conundrum is not limited to the aforementioned waitress as others are now coming forth with their own hair-raising interactions with the leader, some of them involving children.
Jon Key has since apologized. “There were “a lot of fun and games” and “practical jokes” at the cafe, the prime minister explained to media. “But if you look at it now, no. When I realized she took offense by that I just sort of immediately went back, gave her some wine, apologized and said I was terribly sorry.”
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