Applebees in Ohio, a past situation
The thread regarding Applebees and the posting of the Gun Buster signs following passage of the the Ohio restaurant bill reminded me of an incident that I experienced in an Applebees. This would have been on the order of 10-11 years ago (http://www.defensivecarry.com/forum/...vism-asap.html). It was the Applebees on Mentor, Ave in Mentor, Ohio (recalling that we have at least one member from that location). My wife and I were sitting in one of the booths that runs around the perimeter. Sitting at the bar was an obviously inebriated guy. He asked for a refill and the bar tender said no, cutting him off. As in many states, in OH, a bar tender who knowingly serves someone who is intoxicated can be held liable. When the bar tender refused to serve him, the drunk got loud and belligerent. The bar tender then did the appropriate thing, or at least proper as I was taught, and served him to deescalate the situation and then calmly called the police(*). (*I could see him walk over and pick up the phone and I assume he was calling the police, who arrived a few minutes later, but I can't say for certain that is whom he was calling). Two police officers responded. They approach the drunk at the bar and quietly spoke with him for several minutes. They then began to escort the drunk out. Unfortunately, the drunk had left his wallet on the bar. This was visually obvious to me from across the room. When they got him to the doorway, he pointed back towards the bar and could clearly be heard saying that he left his wallet and was asking for it. The officers refused to either get his wallet or to let him get his wallet. The bar tender also ignored this fact(**). After a few attempts of asking for his wallet, the drunk hauled off and slugged one of the cops in the face. He was summarily put in cuffs and drug out of the building. (**) at this point, the bar tender grabbed the guys wallet and carried it over to the remaining officer, who took it and left with it.
There are several aspects of this situation that we can consider:
1 - what would you have done if you had been a customer?
2 - Could and should have this situation been handled better. Specifically, as a customer from across the room it was obvious that the drunk was asking for his wallet which was in plain sight. Had they officers retrieved his wallet I believe he would have left peacefully. Did they knowingly instigate the assault?
3 - As was mentioned in another thread regarding a haunted house, when you witness a wrongful action involving the police do you respond in any way? At the time, I had seriously considered trying to find the police records and see about making a statement to the effect of the above statement/question. I did not, purely out of fear of retaliation by the local PD.