Nightclub & Bar Security (FAQ)
We get a lot of great e-mail questions from nightclub and bar patrons about the use of bouncers, doormen, liability, and policies regarding entry to a club, fights, right to search, service of alcohol, and drug use. We posted some of the questions and answers here for your benefit.
Getting slipped a Mickey is an unfortunate possibility in clubs these days. A common liquid date-rape drug that has been used for this purpose is called GHB. Another common club drug used to loosen inhibitions is called Ecstasy and less popular is Rohypnol. (Search in Google for more details)
It’s a crime to possess these drugs and for a person to slip them into a drink. As far as liability of the club…it would be extremely difficult to prove that the club participated in the crime (unless directly involved or trying to sell more bottled water) or that it was foreseeable to them. To date, there is no requirement that clubs must sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers or that drinks must be kept under surveillance once served. Also, there is no practical way to successfully search every customer at the point of entry to prevent small pills or vials from being brought inside. Finally, the victim would requyire blood to be drawn immediately following the incident to identify a club drug in their system. Without such proof, any claim of liability would be unsuccessful.
Young women are being taught on campus to always watch their drinks once served in a nightclub or to only drink from a sealed bottle and don’t accept drinks brought by anyone but the cocktail server. If they catch someone spiking their drink, it’s a crime…the offender could be detained by the club and arrested, if certain that a crime occurred. Of course, the drink would need to be tested to confirm the violation and hopefully more drugs would be found on the perpetrator to prove the case.
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