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Friday, July 27, 2012

Racist bouncers

Posted on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 2:09 PM

My lovely Latin American girlfriend and I decided to go out dancing with some friends the other night. We are both 21 years of age, and should obviously not have any issues entering such an establishment; however, after waiting for over an hour in line my Latin lover was turned away after showing three pieces of ID. One, a government issued identification card; second, a government issued driver's licence; and third, a visa card with not only her name on it, but also a photo. Obviously, the dim-witted bouncers did not recognize these foreign documents and quickly referred to their ID handbook. The examples in the book did not match any of the ID's, and the bouncers flipped through more pages of Latin American countries' ID's to "cross-reference." This would be like cross referencing a US ID with a Canadian one, or a French with a Spanish. Truly idiotic. My girlfriend's identification was issued summer 2011, and although this "ID bible" the bouncers use is apparently valid until December, my girl recognized one of the ID's in the book as an old version, one as a worker's ID for a specific company and the third example she did not recognize at all. When I asked both the bouncers many times to open the book again and tell me when it was published, they refused my simple request. My girlfriend and I left, very upset with the racial insensitivity and judgement these bouncers had used. Should a non-Nova Scotian resident have to bring their passport to the bar? Is this a fucking airport?? I was ashamed that people in Halifax would treat visitors like this, and my girlfriend was reduced to tears because of how the bouncers had discriminated against her based on her ethnicity. Upon returning home, I looked up the identification guide the bouncers use, and discovered that it was published in 2010, prior to my girlfriend's ID being issued, and that the example ID's for her country had not been updated in the current edition they were using. This is not the first time something like this has happened, and unless these bouncers smarten the fuck up and put their small brains to use rather than their out-of-date publication, I'm sure it will not be the last. —Pissed Off Latin Lover

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