As some of you may know, it has been nearly 2 years now since we (100% Entertainment Pty Ltd) started our own concept Hugs Not Thugs, which aims to raise awareness by creating positive events to form a united front that any form of violence is unacceptable in the community! This weekend we will be celebrating our 900th event in 3 and a half years; BUT, it’s not all smiles for our team at this point in time. We recently ran an event and for ONLY the 2nd time in over 3 1/2+ years we had a small percentage of patrons ruin a new night by being involved in violence and unruly behaviour. This in turn meant the night was shut early and also means it bring an end for the moment a brand new offering for the Peninsula. This is not only upsetting for us because we all work so hard to put on these events but its also so unfair that we lose out because of these people. So we are going to be taking a stand against this in the best way we know possible, hitting the problem head on. We want to make everyone accountable for their actions and also pushing a message that NO ONE AT ALL WILL BE TOLERATING THIS anymore, in any way, shape or form. Hugs Not Thugs has not only been raising awareness but we have also been raising funds over the past 2 years through mini-campaigns and events. We now finally have a purpose to put the money towards, this may not be our end goal for the concept but if it helps prevent this unacceptable behaviour then its a start. 100% Entertainment & Hugs Not Thugs are proud to announce that we have just purchased Scantek Technology which will be rolling out into all of our nights, events, festivals and anywhere we can help curb unruly behaviour. What is Scantek? Scantek is an advanced ID-scanner system which is used in most of Melbourne wide at venues such as; Cloud, Circus, Mynt, Trak, Tramp, WahWah and the list goes on as this system is rolled out across AUSTRALIA. What does this mean? Using the scantek system means full accountability for anyone that chooses to engage in violent behaviour. EVERY patron gets their ID scanned at the door, which means if there is an issue we can supply the police with a picture of your ID and a picture of you as you entered the venue. If you engage in violent behaviour, we know exactly who you are, you will be punished and you will be banned from most of Melbourne’s major venues so you can’t offend there either. sound harsh? Simply don’t offend, It’s that easy. Accountability? This technology also means if there is an incident police have all your details and will be waiting on the doorstep of your house before you even get home. This is not just for our events but this information is available for every venue using the system. We are proud to be a part of the front that is saying NO TO VIOLENCE and even more prouder to be one of the first to introduce this technology to the Bayside/Mornington Peninsula area, not because we have to but we want too. We are doing this for every patron, every employee, every artist’s, every supporter and also for you, your best friend/friends, your brother/sister, daughter/son and every single person that is involved in our nights or events. This will make them even safer, Why? because we all deserve the right to go out and feel safe. Each unit costs a lot of money but even though we don’t need to do this, It’s the best solution we can find to weed out the ‘problem patrons’ that wreck it for everyone else. If you wanted to find out more about Hugs Not Thugs find us on Facebook, if you would like to get a unit in your venue please contact us via PM and we can help you with the process. If you want to help us roll out more of these units across Melbourne, Australia please donate at GoFundMe account:www.gofundme.com/hugsnothugs ALL money will go directly into the purchase of units and the safety of everyone of our awesome friends that deserve this!
Thank you for all your kind messages & words of support
100% Entertainment and Hugs Not Thugs Team