At EXPO 2017, industry pros will reveal real-life club crisis stories. What did the club do right—or wrong—and what should you do if it happens to you?
Find out at EXPO!
Nothing beats on-the-job training and learn-by-example work experience. But some situations need to be addressed and contingency plans implemented before a crisis occurs. The mantra of the TV show Big Brother is “Expect the unexpected,” and it’s an excellent idea for club operators to also train their staff to be prepared for the unexpected.
Our panel of seasoned club operators and industry pros—including attorney Luke Lirot, Nightclub & Security Consultants’ Robert Smith and Rick’s Cabaret Entertainment Director DJ Platypus—will share interesting and frightening stories of unexpected crises they have dealt with and the remedies they came up with in those situations. These trial-by-fire experiences could save you in the future.
“There you are, operating your gentlemen’s club in accordance with all applicable regulations when, first one police cruiser pulls up to your front door, and then is soon followed by 15 or more additional police cruisers,” says Lirot, offering a glimpse at the “crisis” he’s going to tell EXPO attendees about. “For reasons unbeknownst to you, you are being victimized by the quintessential ‘raid.’ As your patrons, performers and employees realize your club is about to be invaded by an assault force of dozens of law enforcement officers, you look at your feet and see that someone has ‘discarded’ what appears to be a ‘controlled substance.’ Before you can execute a proper disposal, you are taken into custody. How can one achieve a happy ending in a scenario like this? Come and find out!”
“A guest is removed from the club and in the parking lot. A confrontation ensues that requires two, then three and finally four security guards to try to detain the guest as he fought,” says Smith, detailing his upcoming EXPO seminar crisis story. “A few minutes later the guest is face down, dead in the parking lot. No guns, no knives no third party witnesses. Was this murder or an accident, and what did the club do before, during and after that might have changed the outcome?
Incident Two - A door host turns away a guest who is acting “odd” before he presents his identification. Moments later the door host is laying in a pool of blood on the floor from a bullet to the head. An entertainer and the door cover girl are also wounded. What happened to the guest “suspect”? And, what could the club have done to prevent this incident?
“It was a very busy Thursday night, and all of a sudden we heard a loud ‘bang’—and then our lights, our sound, everything, went out,” says DJ Platypus of a real-life event he experienced at Tootsie’s Cabaret in Miami, one of the largest and most successful adult nightclubs in the U.S. “A car had crashed into a transformer, and we were going to be without power for awhile. So you have two choices: You tell everyone to go home and you close the club, or you do what we did. Well, it was midnight and there were 700 people in the club, so there was no way we were shutting down. How did we keep those people in the club and have a great time doing it? You’ll have to come to this seminar to find out!”