An incident that happened this week in Kansas City hit a little close to home.
The Kansas City Star reported that a bartender at a small tavern in KCK was shot to death by a customer after she refused to serve him a drink when he wouldn’t produce identification.
The article today explains that the shooter has been found and charged with first degree murder. The shooter was a young man who had just turned 21 the week before. I don’t know what the big deal about showing identification was to him, but there were obviously other issues going on with him if he felt the need to shoot the bartender. She was just doing her job.
Things like this frighten me, but I realize it’s not common. But you just never know what kind of reaction someone might have to something you say or do. If you’ve read any of the Door Diaries entries on this blog, then you’re familiar with the kind of nonsense our staff has to deal with on a daily basis. They’ve had to do much more than just refuse someone a drink.
The Sandbar is a pretty safe bar. The worst thing that usually happens when someone is turned away for not having an ID is a few choice words directed at the doorguy, or maybe an argument. And a few people have had to be escorted out for unruly or harassing behavior. Let’s hope it stays that way.