A bar owner has defended his bouncers for ‘doing the right thing’ and detaining a ‘very intoxicated’ patron who was thrown out for allegedly breaking Covid restrictions.
Mimi Sinfield shared confrontational footage of the incident on Sunday, which featured two bouncers sitting and restraining her unnamed male friend.
The video shows the security guard repeatedly asking the blonde backpacker to calm down as he grins and squirms under him.
Ms. Sinfield and the man in the video were kicked out of Spring Street Social in Bondi late Saturday night for allegedly failing to comply with Covid’s regulations by repeatedly attempting to dance.
Andy Bird, owner of the cocktail bar in the east of Sydney, said they each received three warnings before being asked to leave.
Andy Bird, owner of the cocktail bar in the east of Sydney, said they had each received three warnings before being asked to leave
He stood by his two bouncers, who he said were simply doing their job of restraining the man after allegedly spitting in their faces and starting to act aggressively.
The man initially refused to leave the venue or say goodbye to his beer and tried to drink alcohol on the street just before the bouncers intervened, he said.
However, Ms Sinfield from Britain said she was outraged that the ‘innocent boy’ in the video was allegedly attacked for no good reason.
“I am shocked,” she said.
‘We yelled at the bouncers to get rid of this innocent kid who hadn’t even argued, the only time he did was when he said he couldn’t breathe and they were hurting him.’
Mimi Sinfield (pictured) on Sunday shared confrontational images of two bouncers sitting on it holding her unnamed male friend at bay
Footage shows two guards trying to hold the man on the sidewalk. Part of the video showed one of the bouncers using his knee and both arms to keep the man low as he squirmed, grinned and demanded that he be released
The man grinned and yelled at the guards as they sat on top of him
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Ms Sinfield for more information.
She said she spent the rest of the night with the unknown blonde man, who ‘got it right’ after the incident.
Footage shows two guards trying to hold the man on the sidewalk. Part of the video showed one of the bouncers using his knee and both arms to keep the man low as he squirmed, grinned and demanded that he be released.
But Mr. Bird said the bouncers never got out of line and just restrained him until he calmed down to protect himself and other nearby customers.
“If we let go of a patron in that state, who would say he wasn’t going to hit a member of the public?” Mr. Bird asked.
“We have to make sure we do our job and let the police do theirs.”
CCTV footage of the site has been provided to police, who are now investigating the matter.
Mr. Bird said the bouncers never stepped out of line and just restrained him until he calmed down to protect himself and other nearby customers
Mr. Bird provided screenshots of Facebook messages sent to him directly from Mrs. Sinfield’s account after midnight, urging him to bend the rules and let her back in his bar
Mr. Bird claims the man in the footage also tried to hit his guards minutes earlier.
Despite Mr. Bird’s version of the events, Ms. Sinfield shared the footage and urged the public to support her by calling for ‘these absolute c ** ts’ to go to jail.
Mr. Bird provided screenshots of Facebook messages sent directly to him from Ms. Sinfield’s account after midnight, urging him to bend the rules and let her back in his bar.
‘Andy, can you please come out and let me back in x,’ one message read, followed quickly by another that said, ‘I was having trouble dancing … I said I wouldn’t do it again. ‘
The duo were removed from the venue because dancing is not allowed under Covid regulations.
Despite Mr Bird’s version of the events, Ms. Sinfield shared the footage and urged the public to support her by calling for ‘these absolute c ** ts’ to go to jail.
Mr. Bird says there are clear signs (photo) all over the room urging people not to dance
Bars and pubs are liable for a $ 10,000 fine if customers are caught violating the Covid rules.
Mr. Bird said kicking guests out is the last thing he ever wants to do, so his bouncers are instructed to give each person three warnings due to the confusion surrounding the rules.
“There is so much misinformation and different rules for everyone,” he said.
“You have 50,000 in the footy or the cricket, but only 200 in my hall with a capacity of 400 … And they are not allowed to dance.”
Mr. Bird said that while they were moving goalposts for nine months, he wishes someone with the authority to change policy would also visit bars to see how difficult it is to control police.
CCTV footage of the site has been provided to the police, who are now investigating the case
‘At this point people can get up and have a drink. They can move to go to the bathroom or walk elsewhere in the room, but when does that become dancing? ‘ he asked.
“At what point do we intervene if they move?”
Spring Street Social and the venue staff – including bouncers – have played it safe.
They get rid of patrons who break the rules and they lose money and loyal customers who complain they are too harsh, but Mr. Bird said they really have no other option.
‘We all have to follow the rules and make sure we comply with Covid, but it’s difficult. We want to find that perfect balance where we keep customers happy, make money and follow the rules, ” he said.
The bouncers in the footage have been publicly shamed and abused since the footage was shared, but Mr. Bird says it’s nothing they aren’t used to.
“They’ve been dealing with things like this for nine months,” he said. ‘They haven’t done anything wrong, but it’s difficult. They are only human. ‘
‘I almost had bad luck a few times. We do our best. ‘
Mr. Bird posted this update to the bar’s social media on Friday to remind customers of the rules