WATCH: Bouncer’s video of drunken New Year’s Eve revellers at London, Ont., nightclub goes viral
Anyone who has been the designated driver knows that reasoning with drunk people can be a challenge.
For a bouncer at a popular nightclub, that’s their job.
Peter Williams, a bouncer at the Gatsby Soundhouse and Bar in London, Ont., strapped a GoPro to his chest and filmed his interactions with people celebrating New Year’s Eve at the club in December 2013.
The bouncer, who is also a snake breeder, faced a slew of clubgoers begging to be let back in after they were kicked out for various reasons.
One man gets caught in a lie after bemoaning the cost of the event ticket, only to have gotten kicked out.
But Williams said he omitted some of the worst footage of the night.
“I have a lot of footage from that same night of some awful fights. Seeing how the video blew up, I’m very glad I did not include those clips,” he said.
Several folks asked to be let in from the cold – one shoeless woman claimed it’s the coldest she’d ever been – but Williams cited the rules and he never budged on them.
The footage offers a glimpse into how challenging the job of a nightclub bouncer can be, despite the negative stereotype about bouncers.
“People think most bouncers are power-tripping meat heads,” he said. “Of course there are bad bouncers out there just like there are bad cops. It’s on the people in the industry to out those bad apples.”
The insider look at the night in the life of a bouncer on New Year’s Eve has racked up over two million views since Jan. 1.
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