Pub in Cornwall installs electric fence at the bar

Management at a popular pub in Cornwall have put up an electric fence at the bar – to ensure people maintain social distancing.

Staff at The Star Inn in St Just have had enough of people doing as they pleased and ignoring social-distancing guidelines.

So they’ve put up a polite warning notice on the bar. Oh, and a fully wired and charged electric fence.

Pub bosses came up with the hair-raising way of making sure punters leave a gap between each other – and between themselves and staff serving in the pub – after getting fed up with people ignoring the guidelines.

Star Inn landlord Johnny McFadden confirmed to CornwallLive that the fence had been placed there to, ahem, shock locals into behaving.

The Star Inn at St Just’s electric fence (Image: The Square Takeaway, St Just)

“It’s there for social-distancing,” he said, speaking on a Sunday afternoon where it was busy behind the bar.

“Before the fence, people were not following social-distancing and were doing as they pleased, but now people take heed to the guidance around social distancing”.

Johnny added: “It’s for everybody’s benefit.”

A couple of drunken revellers claimed they were electrocuted by the fence on Saturday night, after one too many pints.

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Johnny insists the fence is usually switched off – but warned: “It can be turned on”.

Pictures of the unusual deterrent have been going viral on social media after hundreds of people shared Facebook posts at the weekend.

One image, shared by local radio presenter Neill Maguire, has been shared more than 500 times, with some people saying it’s the “best thing” they’d seen for a long time.

The Star Inn is a St Austell Brewery-owned venue described as “true gem, full of tradition, character and immense charm”.

Its website says “a friendly welcome [is] assured” but has not been updated to make mention of the electric fence.


Cornwall Live

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