Five Complaint - Unprofessional employees

Review by noturse on 2007-01-03
1214 B 18TH STREET NW, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA -- Approximately 3:15 am Jan 1 2007 myself and a few friends arrived at Five. Upon arrival there was already drama a customer was crying and cursing because she could not get her jacket. This was sign to turn around and leave, unfortunately we did not.

I knew that Five was owned by Primacy Companies, which had owned Nation, and I had wanted to check it out. As soon I reached earshot I was psyched, this was the music I wanted to hear. We met a few employees who were great and went out of their way to make us comfortable.

All was well until my friend tried to get some water. What place does not take credit cards?! The bartender was rude. I guess since she figured we had no cash so there was no reason for her to be nice.

Then at 4:30 the lights came on and everyone was told to leave. A bouncer blocked my exit path via the stairs while harassing my friend. He was right behind her barking, literally making barking noises at her, as she was leaving down the stairs. I said "Excuse Me" and he turns around screams "No, Excuse You". He was very confrontational. I told him to get out of the way. He was blocking the whole staircase. He told me to f--king leaving. I said I would if he moved out of my f--king way. He got within inches of my face while spitting and screaming at me. I wiped the spit off my face and stated how gross that was. I maneuvered around the bouncer to the top of the stairs. The bouncer verbally and physically assaulted me. I started screaming because he was physically pushing against me while I was standing at the top of the staircase. This prompted another worker to speak to the bouncer. I moved down the stairs. The bouncer was arguing with the other worker while threatening to kick my a--. I turned around and said with shock "I can't believe YOU'RE security". I seriously thought the bouncer was going to come down the stairs after me. I was within seconds of calling for the police.

This was my first and last experience with Five. It is hard to believe that a major corporation such as Primacy Companies would employee workers so unprofessional. This is unfortunate because the music was superior, but not worth the misery. Save up your money and go to Fur's Glow instead.

A disappointed customer
Comments:13 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-01-04
Posted by Shakra on 2007-01-03:
You should have called the police, anyway. Then you'd have it on record that the place is hiring psychos.
Posted by Shakra on 2007-01-03:
Also, why did the bouncer block your path? Just for kicks? I think something is definitely missing here.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-03:
Yeah, something here is missing.
Posted by spiderman2 on 2007-01-03:
I would love to hear the other side of this.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-03:
I don't find this story hard to believe at all. I've ran across my fair share of toxic bouncers. And for the record bouncers or security staff are there to keep the peace, settle things down and keep things calm no matter the actions of the patrons. When dealing with alcohol the last thing you want is a confrontational enforcer but they are all over the place. Makes it uncomfortable for us tea totters.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-03:
"This was sign to turn around and leave, unfortunately we did not". I hope next time you have a "feeling" you will follow it. Sometimes bouncers just get drunk and lose it. Being in a bar after 1 or 2 AM is asking for trouble anyway.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-03:
On a scale of 1-10, I'd give this review a Five.
Posted by bill on 2007-01-03:
Most bouncers in clubs are very professional and do a great job, but every now and then you will find one who is a little full of himself or on some power trip or just plain nuts. You should contact the club manager and write a letter to the parent company. A bouncer like that could be dangerous and the club needs to know about his antics before someone gets hurt.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-03:
I agree with spiderman2, there are a whole lot of holes in this story.
Posted by N. on 2007-01-03:
Bouncer had a case of Superior Badginitis.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-03:
The Nation, Fur's Glow and Five? No wonder things are so bad in D.C. As Lids stated nothing good happens good after 2am anywhere. Had the bouncer really been that aggressive WITHOUT being provoked you WOULD have called the police in my estimation.
Posted by noturse on 2007-01-03:
The other side is that the bouncer was angry at my friend because she had words with the bartender. I didn't get involved in that, but I am sure he knew we were together. He was blocking the stairs that lead to the only exit because he was following my friend .
Why is being in an after hour's club asking for trouble. We were sober by the time we arrived there and they had stopped serving alcohol.
I was with others who already had a cab waiting. It was also pouring down rain. I did not want to to wait outside for the police. What would they really do anyway? It would be our word against theirs. They would take a report and nothing would happen.
I think posting it over the net is much more effective at making my point. And I felt validated that I was not the only patron of Five that was pushed by a bouncer, according to a review on citysearch.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-04:
Thanks and welcome to M3C.

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