Tech & Science Sydney bookshop Kinokuniya bars dating company using 'pick up' techniques on female customers

00:40  25 january  2020
00:40  25 january  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Sydney bookstore issues apology because a dating coach has been sending clients to the shop to Women shopping at Kinokuniya bookstore have been targeted by pick - up artists On Friday, Kinokuniya apologied to its customers for any harassment they faced

Cult-fave Sydney bookstore Kinokuniya Books has issued an apology after dating coaching companies were found using the store for "practical “It has come to our attention that a dating coaching company has been using our store to give their clients practical experience, much to our

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A much-loved bookstore in Sydney's CBD has issued an apology after discovering a dating coach was instructing clients to practice "pick-up techniques" on female customers as they browsed for books.

Kinokuniya, which claims to be Australia's largest bookstore, said they were forced to take action against a dating coaching company after numerous complaints of in-store harassment.

After investigating the issue, Kinokuniya management found the company was using the bookshop as a place for clients to get "practical experience" and try out "pick-up" strategies.

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Kinokuniya have chosen not to name the dating agency but say they have demanded they keep out of the bookstore, which sits atop the Galleries on George Street.

Managing director Kawai Yusuke told the ABC he was "dismayed" people were using a bookshop as a place to target women.

"There was an intent to these interactions and our customers were not finding them to be positive," he said.

"They may have been operating for a while."

Mr Yusuke said several customers had contacted the store after being approached and staff noticed "some interactions that seemed forced".

The bookstore issued a warning on their Facebook to any other companies who may consider using Kinokuniya for "practice runs".

"We say don't come in."

A number of women have since realised the true motivation behind interactions in the bookstore over recent months.

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"This happened to me and I just thought it was some random moment. I'm so glad it's been addressed and hope it gets nipped in the bud," Hilary Locke said on Facebook.

"It's sad others have had that experience while just browsing books."

Kinokuniya in-store security will now target anyone giving "unsolicited and unwanted attention" to others and has urged customers to notify staff if they are uncomfortable.

Management said they hope the behaviour of pick-up artists does not discourage genuine interactions between booklovers though.

"The bookstore should be a place for discussion," Kinokuniya said.

Mr Yusuke told the ABC he has not yet received a response from the dating company.

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