The Pulse: Who’s Protecting who?

12th June 2013

A Bouncer Investigation.

Throughout the year we’ve been investigating bouncers in Nottingham. We’ve heard your thoughts about the people who supervise at doors of nightclubs -both positive and negative- and the bouncers themselves shared with us what it was like to be in charge of students. After investigating your experiences with bouncers we found that despite differing opinions over them, one collective opinion was how difficult it was to make a complaint if you had had a negative experience. We looked further into this. There are so many parties involved in the world of bouncers and we spoke to them all including the SIA, the club owners and the police. The fact that there are so many involved parties could make it easier for those involved to protect themselves by deflecting blame. So, who’s protecting who?

If you have ever had an experience with a bouncer that has stayed with you and want to hear what your rights are and how things can be improved, listen to our investigation to hear all about it:

From here we wanted to see how complaints against bouncers could be improved after hearing how Leeds University Union provides clear information on the matter. Will our Students’ Union take the responsibility for handling complaints? Well, we spoke to Amos, SU President and Welfare officer Mike live to hear how they are working towards incorporating this into their collaborations with members of the Nottingham community. Hear our discussion about how the SU are involved with bouncers below:

During the show we heard from you:

My brother was punched and knocked to the ground by a bouncer as he was leaving for rolling his eyes. A clear route through which people could complain would reduce incidents like this as bouncers would know poor behaviour would have consequences.

It’s so easy to feel helpless in cases of verbal abuse such as Louise’s because there is no proof!

I think that bouncers do get a lot of abuse and we need to remember that often they have to deal with very drunk people, and that must be difficult. Especially because it’s hard to have a rational conversation with someone who is drunk and angry. Sometimes they have to be firm – Lucy

So many horror stories!! My only bouncer experience so far is being forced to buy some food to sober up in order to get into the club… I’d never been so thankful for the Ocean burger van. – Sarah

I am really enjoying hearing the different viewpoints. Real eye-openers…

If you have any more experiences to add about bouncers in Nottingham, post them below.

To get involved in the plans that Mike and Amos discussed with us email suwelfare@nottingham.ac.uk. The charter involves agreements over taxis as well as bouncers and this time last year The Pulse investigated taxis in Nottingham and to hear their investigation check out The Pulse’s blog here: http://urn1350.net/blog/pulse/2012/06/truth-about-taxis