A man has died in unusual circumstances today at a Melbourne cafe in what police have described as a ‘distressing and unexpected situation for witnesses’.
The victim has been named as Ian Whinelots, aged 27, thought to be a regular at trendy Collingwood cafe, Seven Deadly Sins.
Although staff at the cafe have been instructed not to comment until investigations are complete, Boredsheet were fortunate enough to obtain a first-hand account of what happened from a visibly upset staff member, Jessica Rowlee, who asked to remain anonymous:
“I’m still in shock. He comes in all the time and was the nicest bloke… he used to complain a bit that the soy in his coffee was too hot, but most customers complain about something these days. He used to make a lot of bathroom trips, as he had some health issues which we were all VERY aware of.
I think he must have lost his balance on the way back from the toilets as I heard a yell and looked over. He looked as if he put his hand out to catch himself and it had landed on someone’s plate, right on their beef burger. That’s when the screaming started. He was holding his hand up and just staring at it and screaming this horrible howl… then his hand just exploded in flames, and then his entire body. It all happened so quickly. … he kept yelling, ‘I told you I was gluten intolerant’ and things like that. I’ll never forget the screams, it was like a horror movie.”
Staff tried desperately to douse the flames, but with the intense heat and Mr Whinelots thrashing around and profusely screaming about the pain and his special diet, they decided it best to let him burn.
The cafe will be closed indefinitely, and owners have asked patrons to ‘find somewhere else to whinge about their dietary intolerances’.