Happy New Year!

Goodbye, 2015. And hello, 2016! We hope that your year ended well and that the year to come is a healthy and prosperous one.

While we would usually not look back, I find it fitting that this New Year’s Eve video is currently making the rounds. Many of my formative years working Security were spent in the doorway of a nightclub. Looking back on some of those adventures, I only wish that I’d been able to record the interactions that took place. I have to hand it to this bouncer for taking the initiative and doing that very thing. Not only that, but he does his job well and – as far as I can tell – makes it home safely at the end of the night.

For those of you who wonder what it is like to be a bouncer in a club or who don’t realize the constant stream of characters that they have to deal with on a regular basis, here you go. For those of you who look at nightclub security staff with disdain, this might help to give you an idea of the work that they do EVERY NIGHT, and why the job is far more difficult than it appears. Remember, security staffers are people too; so please treat them with some respect!

Another night on the Door

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2 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Thanks for posting this video. If only people could watch themselves the next day…well, some of them wouldn’t care, but a few would ; )

    I work in healthcare security, so I am familiar with the dynamic shown here. I’d love to wear a body cam, but we have to be concerned with HIPPA privacy laws. I appreciate the fact that the person recording kept a low, even tone of voice and refused to get sucked into the cycle of aggression. That is exactly what many intoxicated people are looking for, as it allows them to rationalize further obnoxious behavior. The ability to avoid this cycle (most people can’t) and de-escalate rather than escalate is the mark of a professional in protective services.

    Thanks for the interesting blog. Though I’ve never worked in club security, I check your blog on occasion to develop a more well-rounded perspective of the security field. Happy New Year!

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