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NYTA's: Arena Nightclub - 3 Bottle Minimum "Beat Down"?
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RJT
Only thing I've read on this was from a blog linked on digg, so take it with a grain of salt - regardless, it's a funny story, and I hope the kid gets his two large if this is all true.

http://gothamist.com/2007/12/31/roughedup_revel.php

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22-year-old Gregory Barnard was having a pretty sweet night with his bros at the Times Square nightclub Arena (pictured) one night over the summer. Fresh out of NYU, the kid spent the evening enjoying a reasonably priced $350 dollar bottle of vodka, watching the club’s far-out video projections, and allegedly getting a beatdown from bouncers for not buying enough booze!

According to Barnard, it all started when the time came to settle the tab and his server seriously harshed the vibe with news of Arena’s 3 bottle minimum, which left her no choice but to charge him an extra $700 bucks for two unordered bottles. When Barnard refused, a series of events unfolded that truly capture the essence of the New York nightclub experience:

After running Barnard’s credit card several times, the waitress claimed it was denied. A bouncer threw him to the floor and held him down while two other bouncers punched and kicked him, he said.

They then picked Barnard up and walked him two blocks to an ATM for more money, but the bank had frozen his card because the waitress had already charged $1,400 on it, swiping the card at least nine times, he said.

So the bouncers dragged him back to the club and held him until the police arrived to arrest him for “theft of services” – a charge which was later dropped. Oh, what a night. Now Barnard is suing Arena for $2 million dollars; he filed suit last week in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Forbes has said that New York City has some of the most expensive bottle service in the country. And what’s your worst nightclub bouncer experience – maybe we can get a class action going!
iammesol
Wooooooooooooooooooooooooow

I hate places with a spending minimum. At least in the Westin Restaurant (located at the tip-top of the Westin hotel in Atlanta) they tell you "spend this much or get out" when you first walk in the door.
stren
I find this disgusting like russian vodka
Chris Crossland
Noted.


Places not to go while in NY.
Ian
at least it's the country where suing people comes naturally. But yeah it's disgusting.
verndogs
1. :haha: at "reasonably priced" bottle at $350. Even for NYC standards, that's a rip off.

2. I'd sue the hell out of that club if I was in that guy's position. Just inexcusable for the bouncers to beat him up like that.
MeLLyMeL
i'm glad he's suing.

nothing worse then dick bouncers who think they own the club.
tubularbills
lol, wow ed up if for srs
Azz3D
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Originally posted by MeLLyMeL
i'm glad he's suing.

nothing worse then dick bouncers who think they own the club.


...they probably all "watch Roadhouse while fondling themselves" anyway:whip:
Trance Nutter
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Originally posted by iammesol
I hate places with a spending minimum. At least in the Westin Restaurant (located at the tip-top of the Westin hotel in Atlanta) they tell you "spend this much or get out" when you first walk in the door.


Together with complusory tipping, yet more reasons why America's food/drink services suck the big ones

iammesol
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Originally posted by Trance Nutter
Together with complusory tipping, yet more reasons why America's food/drink services suck the big ones


For real! The whole time I was in England my family was paranoid about insulting waiters about tipping. It's just odd (though makes perfectly good sense) for tips to be included. :wtf:
jonSun
Unless the guy suffered permanant injuries, 2 mil is a bit excessive.
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