Killings will do that to a place

I went to happy hour at TGI Friday’s with a bunch of coworkers today, then when there were only four of us left we headed over to Redfish two doors down. Literally two doors down, and yet two people drove. McDonalds next to the TGI Friday’s, then Redfish. It took let’s call it two minutes to walk there. Why did they drive their cars??

When we walked in we were greeted by an intimidating woman with dreadlocks who checked our IDs, wearing black cargo pants, combat boots, and gloves. Then she went through our purses, checked our pockets, and patted our butt pockets. She patted down the guy with us, including at his ankles, underarms, and all pockets. I was surprised. Last time I was there, over a year ago, they simply confirmed IDs.
Inside it was pretty dead. The small dance floor was empty and several tables were free.

I commented on the new security protocol.   A coworker said it was probably because of the shooting that took place there less than a month ago. Oh yeah, somebody died after gunfire outside Redfish, related to an earlier fistfight inside the place… When I read about it I was picturing a separate nearby establishment called Rockfish, but nope, it was definitely Redfish.

I saw at least three security guys  throughout the night in addition to bartenders, and when we walked out at 11:00 there were two security people standing by the doors.

I’m living dangerously.

September 7, 2007. Words.

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