Bizarre row breaks out after a councillor is accused of being rude to a receptionist during argument over sex toys – but she claims it’s all a misunderstanding because she has a ‘sour-looking face’
- Gold Coast Councillor Dawn Crichlow has been investigated by the council
- A Southport business lodged a complaint claiming she threatened their staff
- Cr Crichlow allegedly confronted a reception over ‘sex toys’ in the shop front
- But she claims it was a misunderstanding because she has a ‘sour-looking’ face
Cr Crichlow said the incident was a misunderstanding because she has a ‘sour-looking’ face
A councillor has been investigated after she was accused of threatening a store’s receptionist over sex toys.
Dawn Crichlow was investigated by the Gold Coast council over an alleged dispute with a Southport business owner in August last year.
The business owner lodged a confidential complaint to Ms Crichlow’s workplace claiming she had marched onto the premises and confronted the receptionist.
‘Why do you have all these rude things?’ she allegedly asked while pointing at the sex toys.
But Ms Crichlow said she was personally investigating claims that the business was operating as a brothel, and her demeanor was misunderstood because she naturally has a ‘sour-looking’ face.
‘I was born with a sour look on my face,’ Ms Crichlow told 9News.
‘They said I was rude, but that’s me – I saw sex toys – I go ”wow”.’
At a hearing last week, colleagues found Cr Crichlow’s behavior was not inappropriate and no further action was required.
Ms Crichlow said she wants to clean up illegal sex trade activities in the area.
‘It does sadden me, I see businesses closing down, I see restaurants closing down,’ she said.
Sex work itself is not illegal anywhere in Australia but certain activities associated with prostitution are illegal.
In Queensland, sex work is legal if it is conducted in a licensed brothel, or privately as a sole operator.
It is illegal to conduct sex work through escort agencies, unlicensed brothels, massage parlours, public solicitation, or street working), or for two or more sex workers to work in conjuction or provide prostitution from a single premise.
Gold Coast councillor Dawn Crichlow (pictured) was investigated by the council after a confidential complaint was lodged claiming she was rude to a business’ receptionist last August