If you’ve ever stood outside of a club while a condescending club owner or bouncer deliberated as to whether or not you were “worthy” enough to enter – this post is for you.
If you’ve ever been told you couldn’t get into the club because you were “under dressed”, only to watch the bouncer let up the rope for three of his friends wearing track suits – this post is REALLY for you.
I was inspired to write this after speaking with a gentleman friend that has had a particularly rough time of getting into clubs in the DC area – there is one particular club owner that has consistently given him a rough time. An incident that stood out in my mind was one in which he was not permitted to enter the club because he was wearing tennis shoes…meanwhile, it was his birthday, the club had already put an advance charge on his card, the owner was wearing tennis shoes while he was telling my friend that tennis shoes weren’t allowed, AND the owner was blatantly letting people that he knew, walk in the club with tennis shoes on. To add insult to injury, my friend went home, changed his shoes, came back and the same owner still would not let him in – because he just didn’t feel like it.
That is discrimination, and it’s uncalled for.
This is an example of someone taking themselves too seriously and going out of their way to attempt to make another human being feel small. What’s even worse is that this story is very common. Many people go through this “hazing” process to be chosen to get into clubs. If we really stopped and thought about this behavior, and decided it was unacceptable we could cultivate a new way of thinking – a train of thought that reasoned that club owners/bouncers etc. aren’t doing us favors, WE are doing them favors for deciding to come to their club and spend our hard earned money.
DS Download: We should never forget that we are paying customers. We should demand the same respect that we would demand from any other service entity.
God gave us talent, and success to share with others – not to hold over others heads. The next time you are mistreated at a club, make a point never to go back there again. More importantly, take action and write the Better Business Bureau and tell them of the experience. There’s no other industry where we would pay, much less, wait in line to be mistreated; why should we accept this treatment from clubs?