Wednesday August 29, 2012
Bouncers at receiving end of war party
By RASHITHA A. HAMID and STEVEN DANIEL
KUALA LUMPUR: Party all night? No, not for bouncers who have to deal with drunk or hostile clubgoers in their line of duty.
Despite their intimidating frame and menacing looks, these bouncers still have to face patrons who often pick a fight after they've had too much to drink.
Several bouncers, who were approached by The Star, said they would sometimes get injured when brawls broke out in nightclubs, often sparked by drunk customers.
A 30-something bouncer, who has about 10 years working experience in nightclubs, claimed that he had lost count of the times he had been verbally threatened by unruly patrons.
He had also suffered injuries from scuffles with aggressive customers, he added.
“Bouncers have to face their fair share of risks. We are not allowed to carry any sort of weapons.
“We do not have the right to hurt any patron, whether inside or outside the club. If a fight does occur, we are allowed to act in self defence but not excessively,” he said.
He stressed that bouncers, despite being hired for the job because of their imposing physical built, should possess good interpersonal skills to deal with difficult patrons, he said.
The dangerous nature of their job came to light at 4.30am on Sunday when two bouncers, both aged 21, were shot dead when they refused entry to six men who wanted to get inside a nightclub which had already closed.
One of them shot at the bouncers, hitting one in the head and the other in the chest.
Police have arrested 12 men in connection with the murders so far.
Another bouncer said despite the risky nature of their job, they earned only between RM1,000 and RM1,500 monthly.
“Some of the more established clubs pay higher but it is still not a lucrative job.”
He said most nightclubs here only hired experienced bouncers, adding that most of them learned on the job.
Some nightclub owners, he said, had less stringent rules as they allowed underaged patrons onto the premises.
“This isn't advisable as teenagers have a quick temper especially when they are drunk.”