In the early hours of Friday morning, the owner of a restaurant in a northern Queensland suburb had an unexpected problem.
The cash register on the side of the restaurant, near a home in the small town of Cairns, had stopped working.
“The cashier, she had her phone out and she said ‘this is not good, we’re just not seeing what we should’,” owner Niccolo Villa told the ABC.
“We had no clue what was happening, so we didn’t know what to do.”
She just said ‘don’t worry about it, it’s just a glitch’.
“It was the latest in a series of unexpected problems at the popular Mexican restaurant.
The business has struggled for years, with staff complaining of food safety issues and high prices.
And while Mr Villa says the restaurant is still open, he has already lost business.”
It’s not the same anymore,” he said.”
If you’re a business that’s here, we do everything that we can to keep that going.
“The restaurant is one of three restaurants in the town of La Villa, located in the state’s Northern Territory.”
La Villa is a very small town, so there’s no parking lots, so when we need parking, we drive through the bush,” Mr Villa said.
Mr Villa says that while his business is still thriving, he is concerned about the future of the community.”
I feel really sad, we have to do everything we can right now to make sure this is never happening again,” he told the local ABC station.”
There’s no other options, and the worst part is it’s not going to be easy.
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