Infuriating moment woman harasses an ABC reporter before barista steps in


Woman harasses an ABC reporter for ‘peddling lies’ as they line up for coffee – before the barista steps in and perfectly shuts her down

  • Moment diner harasses a journalist over vaccine conspiracies caught on camera 
  • Regional ABC reporter Mel Groves was getting a coffee at Mackay’s Coffee Club
  • A kind barista stepped in and defended her, calling security on the woman  


The infuriating moment a woman harasses a journalist waiting in line for a coffee before kind baristas step in and defend her has been caught on video. 

ABC regional reporter Melanie Groves shared the clip to Twitter on Thursday afternoon saying she had been approached by the customer at a Coffee Club in Mackay, Queensland. 

‘Just FYI I’m a 29 year old journo who reports primarily on rural issues and the environment,’ Ms Groves wrote. 

‘Today this kind lady had some words for me in line. Big thanks to the staff for defending me and calling security.’ 

In the clip a barista can be heard off camera asking the woman to stop harassing her customer. 

‘I’m a customer too,’ the flip-flop wearing woman fires back. 

‘And I was just saying that the ABC spreads lies and she’s part of a company that is peddling lies,’ she continues. 

Many people commenting on the clip showed their support for Ms Groves and said the woman was ‘obnoxious’ 

Melanie Groves (pictured) shared the clip after she was approached by the woman while waiting in line at a Mackay coffee shop

Melanie Groves (pictured) shared the clip after she was approached by the woman while waiting in line at a Mackay coffee shop 

The barista then tries to explain to the woman that Ms Groves is an employee and is not deciding the ABC’s reporting agenda. 

The customer then ignores the staff member and turns back Ms Groves asking her: ‘Do you understand what I’m saying?’ 

Ms Groves tells her she is entitled to her opinion.

Others noted there seemed to be "a lot of this going on at the moment"

Others noted there seemed to be ‘a lot of this going on at the moment’

Staff members at the Mackay Coffee Club (pictured) stepped in to defend the customer being harassed

Staff members at the Mackay Coffee Club (pictured) stepped in to defend the customer being harassed 

‘Everyone knows,’ the woman exclaims before taking a big step towards Ms Groves – at which point another staff member steps in. 

‘I’d like you to leave, security is on their way,’ the staff member says.

‘Whatever. I’d like to not give you my money,’ the woman replies before walking out of the coffee shop still holding the menu.

‘Thanks for your thoughts,’ the staff member calls. 

Some of those commenting said even if they had issues on the ABC they would not harass someone in public in a hostile way

Some of those commenting said even if they had issues on the ABC they would not harass someone in public in a hostile way 

Ms Groves explained that before the video begins the woman had been harassing her for about a minute saying vaccines were deadly and that the ABC should be done for ‘domestic terrorism’. 

The exchange sparked a flood of comments underneath the video with many showing their support for Ms Groves. 

‘Noone should be bullied like this while going to get a coffee,’ one person said. 

‘God so sorry you had to deal with that. On a more positive note if I’m ever in Mackay I’m going there for coffee because those staff members were legends,’ another said.

‘Well done for remaining so composed,’ a third added. 

‘I’m visiting Mackay next week for a few days & will be after coffee. I know where we’ll be getting ours now,’ a fourth said.  



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