My mom sent me a newspaper clipping from the Wichita Eagle’s Thursday edition.  It’s part of an Associated Press feature "Weird News," which regularly shows up in newspapers around the country.

Shake it like a lawsuit

New York- A woman who said she fell off a slippery bar and injured herself while dancing in a "Shake It Like Shakira" contest is suing the Manhattan saloon that sponsored the competition.

Megan Zacher, 22, of Delanco, NJ, fell at Calico Jack’s Cantina on July 8, her lawyer, Lawrence Simon, said Tuesday.  He said the fall caused a torn knee ligament that required surgery.  Zacher was dancing on the bar, vying for the $250 prize, when she fell, Simon said.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from Calico Jack’s. 

A man at Calico Jack’s who identified himself as the manager said he had no comment.

-Associated Press

Ironic timing of the article, given that I just wrote about dancing on the bar last week.  Come on, people.  Nobody forced her to get on the bar.  She got up there out of her own free will.  When are people going to take responsibility for their own actions and quit blaming somebody else for everything that happens to them?

We’ve had a few people fall off the bar at The Sandbar, but it doesn’t happen very often.  Employees have fallen off, too.  The funniest time was when a woman slipped and fell right into the trashcan, bottom first, and sat there and laughed.  We gave her a shirt that said "I Danced on the Bar at the Sandbar," and she laughed even harder. 


Sure, our staff pays attention to the people who dance on the bar. If they seem very drunk at all, they’re not allowed up there.  The bar is always cleared of anything that might get in the way of feet.  And there’s a rail to hang on to and help catch people who lose their balance.  Not to mention the crowd of people who are usually hanging out directly in front of the bar and have caught a few falling dancers. 

Of course it’s no fun if someone gets hurt. But to choose to dance on a bar and then sue the place because you fall and get hurt…that’s just no fun either.