If you want to know what's really going on up in the club, you've got to seek out the people who have seen it all. Bouncers and security guards always have their eyes peeled and they're trained to shut down tomfoolery before it explodes and ruins everyone's night. What may seem like harmless antics from a drunk dude or socially awkward girl to the untrained eye, could really be the precursors of a ticking time bomb. We've sorted through tons of bouncer and security guard stories and collected the best ones here so you can learn who to watch out for to avoid drama (or to see it go down if that's what you're into).
We can probably all agree that bros who do anything to get drunk are trouble. The same goes for girls who are feeling themselves so much that they get up on the table to dance, and anyone who shows you their concealed carry permit. Bad things always happen in crowded bars but would you ever expect anything crazy from the friendly, outgoing guy who went clubbing by himself? These maintainers of club civility believe that you should. Read their descriptions and take note.
A doorman on Reddit shares:
"If one to three girls walk in looking nervous, ALWAYS stop the guy who steps in immediately behind them. Nine out of 10 times, they circle back and thank you for stopping the creep they couldn't ditch."
"I managed a high traffic college bar for years. Biggest signal for fights is a dude grabbing women uninvited.
"They can be alone or with their friends. Men who make this a habit have absolutely faced consequences for it in the past but don't care or at least don't care about in that moment.
"Sh*t will go down because we tossed them or [because] some invested party notices it before we do and takes things into their own hands.
"You need to watch out for men taking advantage of drunk women at all f*cking times. But random grabbing is especially sure to cause brawls. And where I worked, the brawls could go 50-70 people deep in minutes."
A doorman says:
"If someone hands me a CCP as ID and flashes a tough-guy grin to me, I always remove them from the premises, immediately. Yeah I know what the f*cking Second Amendment is. I like guns too, buddy. But guns and alcohol don't mix, and certainly not in my bar."
One previous bouncer notes:
"In a Pac-12 college bar... you would... get a fair amount of predatory dudes that would roll in like an hour before closing, single out wasted college girls, and try and take them home. I felt like the key to bouncing was mostly awareness. Being tall also helped."