We were looking forward to the Wedding Crashers night at The Wheelbarrow in Camden for a friend who is leaving the country, and instead what we subjected to was nasty, aggressive and violent behaviour by the door staff which was then supported by the manager. We were a group of girls and one boy. Our friend fell asleep and rather than ask us if we could help take him outside for some fresh air (or to take him home which was most likely to be the case) two of them just grabbed at him. When we challenged their use of force and requested that they allow us to help him up and out instead, we were shouted at and I was physically assaulted (I am neither a particularly large or threatening female - and was by no means drunk in any way). I calmly approached the bar and asked the manager for the names of the door men so that I could report them for their aggression. I explained the situation and that it was nothing to do with the bar or the service and that in fact we had enjoyed our evening in his bar thus far. He apologised and provided me with the names. Half an hour later, one of the doormen involved approached myself and a female friend to say that the friend they had ejected was in trouble outside and calling after us. We rushed out to find that he wasn't outside at all, and when we questioned them and asked to return inside we were told "Go on...force your way back in". I'm sorry, but when did it become acceptable for door security to behave in this manner? Firstly it was freezing outside and they wouldn't let us get our coats. Secondly they had intentionally tricked us outside because they knew they had no grounds in which to remove us lawfully (probably as we had expressed our wish to report them). And thirdly, they were trying to incite violent and cause a situation. Who asks two females to force their way past two burly 6ft men? Seemingly the same burly 6ft men who just wanted an excuse to cause violence against us. This is totally unacceptable.
|Venue name:||The Wheelbarrow|
55 Camden High St
|Transport:||Tube: Mornington Crescent|