Councilman Wants To Rein In Aggressive Bar Bouncers

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Do bar bouncers make altercations worse by being too aggressive? One city councilman thinks that happens on occasion, and he wants to require training course for bar bouncers in Philadelphia.

City Councilman Bill Greenlee says some bar bouncers don’t understand basic ways to calm down crowds, and ease potential fisticuffs. Sometimes, he says, they exacerbate problems by overreacting.

“Once or twice, I’ve been in places, and I’ve seen where bouncers could have taken a deep breath, taken a little more time and maybe calm the situation, instead of laying their hands on people and making situations worse,” Greenlee says.

He has introduced a measure that requires all bar bouncers to register with the city, and in order to register they must first take a training course in crowd management.

The course must be offered by a third-party, like a security firm, not the bar itself. His measure will be debated in committee.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio

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  • bottomline

    CORRECTION: the twenty first amendment.

  • bottomline

    Bouncers have been a club mainstay for well over a hundred years, and they do their duty reasonable well. We don’t need more money making laws from city experts that can‘t control crime, schools or the city budget.
    We don’t need councilmen whose main claim to fame is successful failure. We do need an additional variety of bouncers, to get rid of the pesky councilmen.
    H.E.Pennypacker: Repeal the eighteenth 18 amendment? Back to the prohibition days? Back to mob wars? Do gooders never learn, they just disappear when their interference causes all hell to break loose.

  • willie

    Bouncers are goons that couldn’t make it in sports, military, police, or school. In short they like to take out their frustrations & shortcomings on others.

  • Jake

    Bouncers have guns and can’t become police officers.

  • H.E.Pennypacker

    There is a great training video for this on cable weekly. It is called Roadhouse. As the great character Dalton stated ” I am the bouncer; You are the cooler.” The cooler is just an escort to get the trouble out of the establishment.

    If this doesn’t work repel the AMENDMENT XXI
    Passed by Congress February 20, 1933. Ratified December 5, 1933.

    Section 1.
    The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

    Section 2.
    The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or Possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

    Section 3.
    This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

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