Tuesday, August 15, 2006

NYC's New Bouncer Law


There has been a couple of murders of underage people out in NYC's party spot Greenwich Village recently. So of course government must step in to do something about it (as opposed to just inforcing the existing laws). The police blame the bar-owners for allowing underage people in. The bar-owners blame the police for not cracking down on the fake-ID trade and not breaking-up loiterers on the street, and everyone blames the Mayor for making people smoke outside by his Bloomberg buckets causing much milling-about (how about allowing smoking inside say after midnight?). Plus there is a snafu about bar-owners hiring off-duty policeman to be bouncers as that would be a 'conflict of interest'.

So the city council has stepped-in with a new law to require that clubs hire one bouncer for every 75-100 patrons. This of course will be very expensive for the owners, and actually the better thing to do would just be to do the above mentioned duties (or undue the above-mentioned depending) instead of adding another layer of regulation to enforce/ignore and/or not making the bar-owners scapegoats for people's own behaviour. But like councilmember Peter F. Vallone, Jr. (Democrat) said, "this isnt Roadhouse," (Patrick Swayze rules), so more bouncers are needed. At least he has a sense of humor when making other people pay.