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Forms and Documents/BOUNCER AND NIGHTCLUB TERMS

 

NIGHTCLUB TERMS

 
ABC
An acumen that means Alcoholic Beverage Control. (The wording may vary by State) Alcohol Beverage Commission,  Alcohol Beverage Control Board.
 
Assault
An unlawful attempt coupled with the present ability to commit a violent injury upon
the person of another.
 
Assault with a Deadly Weapon (ADW)
Assault of a person by another with a deadly weapon or instrument or by any means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.
 
Arson
The willful and unlawful setting of a fire.
 
Bar Back
An individual who helps the bartender by restocking the liquor and other beverage.
Also washes the glasses and pitchers.  May also assist in making drinks.
 
Bar Tab (or Tab)
A temporary credit account for the patron held at the bar with a valid credit card or
in good faith.  The bar tab is then paid for by the patron and closed out by the
bartender.
 
Battery
Any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon another person.
 
Bouncer
Security personnel within a nightclub.
 
Burglary
The entering of the property of another with the intent to commit grand theft, petty theft, or any felony.
 
Bus Boy
An individual who clears and cleans the tables once the patron has finish dining.
 
Carding
The process of checking for valid identification.
 
Club Courtesy
Club privileges that include no cover charge and/or drink and food discounts are offered to employees of neighboring businesses.
 
Club Owner
The person that owns the club.
 
Counterfeit Identification (or Fake Identification)
That in which is NOT the original document or item.
 
Cover Charge
The cost of what the patron pays to enter a club.
 
Customer Service
Responding to a customer's (Patron) needs.  Hospitality.
 
Cutting you off
A nightclub term used to tell a patron that they would no longer be served any liquor.
Deadly Force
It is the force likely to cause death or great bodily harm. A firearm is considered to be a deadly weapon per se, as a matter of law, because it can cause death or great bodily harm at long distances. A knife becomes a deadly weapon
when the person holding it indicates by word or action that he intends to use the knife as a deadly weapon. A baseball bat, or golf club or other similar items can be used as deadly weapons although most people would not designate them
as such, absent some indication by the holder that he intends to use them as a weapon. Locally, a few years ago, a man used a toilet bowl lid to crush the skull of another person.
 
Decoy
An ABC program that allows local law enforcement agencies to use persons under 20 years of age as decoys to purchase alcoholic beverages from licensed premises. ABC does not use decoys, however it does provide guidance to those agencies which choose to use the program.
 
Door Person
The person checking ID and /or taking cover at the entrance of a club.
Dress Code
Imposed by the club dress attire standards are set for patrons entering the club
 
DUI (or DWI)
Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Intoxicated
 
Eighty Six (86)
A nightclub term used when a patron is no longer welcome back into the club. The patron is escorted out of the club. Ejected.
 
Excessive Force
Excessive force include knocking unconscious an unarmed person when he is only trying to leave the scene.
 
Fire Marshall
A fire department official, inspector, who may visit a venue without notice to ensure that safety standards are in compliance. This includes but not limited to, fire exits, room capacity, crowd and fire extinguishers.
 
Fire Lane
A makeshift passageway, possibly throughout the venue that is wide enough for the continuous movement of two-way traffic or remain clear offering an emergency access.
 
Flyer
Advertisement in the form of postcards, stickers, or flyers of up and coming events. Usually distributed by the club or a club promoter.
 
Floor Person
A member of the security staff conducting security responsibilities by roaming throughout the club.
 
Patron Ejection
To escort an undesirable patron out the club.
 
General Manager
An individual who over sees all areas of the nightclub such as the Bar, Restaurant or Kitchen. 
 
Guest List
A list of patrons names who may receive special treatment such as no charge for cover or a discount from the cover or a discount from the cover charge or receive VIP treatment to immediately access the club upon arrival.
Hand Stamp
An ink stamp on top of the patrons hand to indicate that their ID was checked and /or they paid the cover charge.
 
Identification
Proof or evidence of identity.
 
Kidnapping
Taking and transporting a person against their will.
 
Last Call
A term used just before a club closes to inform patrons that the bar is closing. It give the patrons a chance to make final purchase.
 
Liability
State of being liable. Something for which one is liable, an obligation, a responsibility or a debt.  Something that holds one back.
 
Liquor License
A license issued by ABC under the Act is a permit to do that which would otherwise be unlawful. A license is not a right, but is a privilege, which can be suspended or revoked by administrative action because of violation of the Act or departmental rule.
 
Local Authorities
Consist of Police and Fire Departments within the vicinity.
 
Loss Prevention
The prevention or reduction of company losses.
 
Manager
An individual in charge of a particular area such as a Bar Manager, Security Manager or Restaurant Manager.
Manslaughter
The unlawful killing of another human being includes voluntary, involuntary, or vehicular manslaughter.
Minor
An individual not of legal age to enter a nightclub or consume alcoholic beverages.
Misdemeanor
 
Are criminal offenses that are punishable by a fine and/or term in the county jail.
Murder
The unlawful killing of another human being with malice and forethought.
Nightclub
An establishment that stays open late at night and provides food, drinks and entertainment.
 
Pat Down Search
A procedure use to physical search patrons entering a venue.
 
Patron
A customer, especially a regular customer.
 
Patron Ejection
To escort an undesirable patron out of the club.
 
Policy
The basic policy or set of policies forming the foundation of public laws especially such policy not yet formally enunciated.

Power-To-Arrest

Procedures
A series of steps taken to accomplish an end. A set of established forms or methods for conducting the affairs of a business.
 
Promoter
The individual who promotes events for the evening.
 
Public Law
The branch of law that deals with the state or government and its relationships with individuals or other governments. A law affecting the public.
 
Rape
Forcing sexual intercourse
 
Reasonable Force
Is that degree of force that is not excessive and is appropriate in protecting oneself or one's property. If the person submits willingly, no force is necessary. If a person should resist, remember that the only force allowed is that which is reasonable and necessary to overcome the resistance.
 
Robbery
By force or intimidation, taking personal property from a person or from the immediate presence of a person against that person's will.
 
Security Guard
A person hired by a private organization to guard a physical venue or structure and maintains order.
 
Security Manager (or Head of Security)
An individual who manages the security staff of a nightclub.
 
Terrorism
Is the use of force or violence against persons or property in violation of the criminal laws of the United States for purpose of intimidation, coercion, or ransom. Terrorists often use threats to create fear among the public,
to try to convince citizens that their government is powerless in preventing terrorism, and to get immediate publicity for their causes.
 
Tip
An acumen means To Insure Promptness. A sum of money given to a bartender, waitress or waiter in gratitude of their service, usually 15 to 20 percent of the patrons total bill. A gratuity.
 
Trespassing
Entering posted property without permission. Damaging or destroying property, or refusing to leave when asked by the owner or his employee.
 
Valid Identification
An identification card, drivers license or passport must be issued by a governmental agency and have a current description and a picture of the person presenting it which reasonably describes the person as to date of birth, weight, height, sex and color of eyes and hair. A card is not valid if the card has obviously been altered or has
expired.
 
Vandalism
Maliciously defacing, damaging, or destroying property.
 
Vendor
A company that provides the needed beverages and food to an establishment, usually at wholesale cost.
 
VIP
Very Important Person. Is treated as so. Receives certain club privileges such as immediate entry into the club, reserved and/or preferred seating.
 
Waitress
A female hostess that serves the patrons food and/or drinks.
 
Waiter
A male host that serves the patrons food and/or drinks.
 
Wand
A term used for a hand held metal detector.
 
Wrist Band
A paper or plastic band placed on the patrons wrist to indicate that their ID was checked and/or they paid the cover charge.
 
5150
A mentally disturbed individual.
 

 

 

 

 
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