It looks as though Wesley Hall has landed himself in the soup again, though opinion is divided over whether his latest folly is a light-hearted jest gone wrong, an attempt to smear the reputation of a popular Burnley dessert venue, or just a supremely ill-judged blunder.
Consumers of marijuana might be familiar with “420 Day”—4/20 in U.S. notation equals 20 April—the so-called “Stoner Holiday” when potheads worldwide are encouraged to smoke up all day long. [For a change? —Ed.]
And so it came to pass that on 20 April 2017, a curious scene unfolded in a booth at the Chocshop Dessert Café. The entire thing has been captured on film by the café’s CCTV, but if you don’t have a Facebook account, these stills tell the story: Wesley contemplates his chocolate dessert… Then reaches into a black bag on the seat beside him… …and pulls out what looks like a camera. Yep, it’s a camera, all right. He looks around… And then carefully places something atop his dessert. Adjusts his camera… …and commences photographing the dessert and its mystery item. Adjusts his camera some more… …and takes a few more shots.
What was all this in aid of, you might ask? Well, this:
Yes, the item that Wesley so carefully placed atop his dessert was a bud of cannabis.
He then posted this picture to the café’s Facebook page, which caused a fair bit of consternation, as it does rather look as though the Chocstop Dessert Café is in the habit of using cannabis as a garnish.
Not too surprisingly, neither the Chocstop’s owners nor its customers were impressed. Enraged customers began to write in, angry with Wesley for pulling the stunt, and praising the café’s owners:
Wesley started by claiming that he was shocked—shocked, we tell you!—that anyone would believe that he could have done such a thing. He lashed out at Amjad Ali, who had published the above video on his Facebook page. Here’s part of a private Facebook Messenger conversation that someone shared on Mr Ali’s page:
He didn’t do it, and besides, Wesley says, he’s mates with the people who own the place, so what’s the big deal?
However, the owners of Chocstop would beg to differ:
Mr Ali challenged Wesley to deny that it was him in the CCTV footage, and claimed he’d done it out of malice towards the business:
Faced with this evidence, Weasley has now admitted that he did it, but claims he did nothing wrong, and besides, Mr Ali is someone he “exposed” years ago:
In fact, Weasley claimed that Mr Ali had attacked a homeless person who was going through the bins at his house. Here’s the real story:
So, to recap:
Wesley Hall brings a rather large cannabis bud into a family restaurant, where he uses it to garnish his dessert. He photographs it and puts the photo on the café’s Facebook business page. When he is accused, he first denies it, then claims he’s friends with the owners (false). Someone uploads the café’s CCTV footage, and challenges Wesley to deny it now; he then changes his story and admits it was him, but he was just having fun. Oh, and while he’s at it, he alleges that the person who uploaded the video is the real bad guy, so there. This also turns out to be untrue.
It now seems that half the world is angry with Wesley for taking illegal drugs into a family restaurant, whether for a “bit of light-hearted fun” or in an effort to tarnish the reputation of the establishment and its owners. Whichever it was, it was a bone-headed move that has only enraged Weasley’s community further and made him look even more like an utter bellend…and that’s saying something.
Updated 28 April: We’ve updated the screenshots from Wesley Hall’s “Voice of Treason” Facebook page to include more of his side of the story. We hope this will further clarify what Wesley is trying to claim.