We are a Fort Lauderdale blog that loves to spread the gospel of the virtues of greater Fort Lauderdale. As a rule (vehemently stuck to in our few years of blogging) we do not disparage local businesses. We have even forgone posting blogs on which we’ve spent time and money because we live by the rule that if you do not have anything positive to say, etc. We are not here to speak negatively about local businesses, but the aggression we witnessed in this video shot outside of Dirty Blondes (f/k/a Blondies) cannot stand:
We’ve seen and heard of violent incidents involving Dirty Blondes’ bouncers before, but this video is sickening. We have no idea what happened before or after this 16 second clip, but there is nothing that we can imagine that warranted this assault from Dirty Blondes’ bouncers. Short of the one guy saying he has a bomb strapped to his chest, these bouncers need to conduct themselves in a more professional manner; hell, they need to conduct themselves in a more HUMAN manner.
What is the role of a bouncer? We’re no bouncers, but we would think it’s to reduce incidences of violence in the bar for which you are bouncing, as opposed to being the arbiter of violence meted out on random patrons. That is not how it works at Dirty Blondes, as we have heard over the years a variety of people accusing these bouncers of assault, yet the Fort Lauderdale police never seem to do anything about it. Luckily one of these violent assaults has been caught on tape.
Even if the victims of this assault had been drunk and unruly (and we do not know if they were), they were already outside of the bar and the situation seemed to be relatively calm. This was a sneak attack by a group of strong men on a couple of patrons at their bar who were not fighting back, even kicking them in the head while on the ground. One of the most gut-wrenching Fort Lauderdale videos we have seen. How can one not feel uneasy spending time on Fort Lauderdale beach when that is a video of the customer service? Oh, and after you get your head stomped, you get arrested.
Look, Dirty Blondes is a shit hole and everybody knows it. It’s a place to get rocked on the beach with scantily-clad inebriated patrons of both sexes. It’s a bit of an institution on Ft. Lauderdale beach and we’ve been known to partake in the debauchery. But it’s also known for the violence and general dickishness of its bouncers, and this violent attack is the last straw. We can no longer support this establishment. Dirty Blondes has become a black eye on our otherwise lovely beach. The video of these bouncers brutally attacking patrons is disturbing, and may have done more to discourage tourism in FTL than all the swim-suited promoters the FTL tourism bureau sends to New York during winter has done to encourage such tourism. And for those of you that continue to patronize this hole, it would be smart to keep your cameras rolling.
The bigger problem is not just these individual bouncers, however. This has been going on for awhile. The owners of Blondies should be held accountable for their employees’ actions, as this appears not to be, as Dirty Blondes initially claimed, an isolated incident. To the Parker family that was assaulted by the Dirty Blondes bouncers, good luck and God speed. To Dirty Blondes, until you change your ways we can no longer in good conscience or safety patronize your shitfest. Looks like Elbo Room it is. Good riddance.
Now that you won’t be going to Blondies on Saturdays and Sundays, check out our list of 365 [other] Things To Do in Fort Lauderdale.
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