Wahpeton-Breckenridge bar owners banding together to protect patronsWahpeton-Breckenridge (WDAY TV) - Bar owners say they're fed up with the alcohol fueled fights. They're ready to take matters into their own hands. Now, bar owners are banding together to prevent dangerous situations.
Bar owners say they're fed up with the alcohol fueled fights. They're ready to take matters into their own hands. Now, bar owners are banding together to prevent dangerous situations.
Times have changed a lot since Johnny Johnson started bartending at the Sportman's Bar.
Johnny Johnson - Bartender: "Years ago, every farm boy had a knife in his back pocket, and a lot of people now, but they don't pull them out and slash people."
There's a boost in knives being used in bar fights in both Wahpeton and Breckenridge; three in the past 5 months.
Johnny Johnson: "We've got a long list of people not allowed in, it's about to get longer."
Bar management is putting together a plan to protect patrons.
Gerald Pulvermacher - Manager: "Try to get all the bars in both cities together, form a bar association."
So, basically, if you're causing trouble at any of the bars that are part of this group, you're not going to be allowed in other ones either. Right now, the group is gathering steam; getting members, plus working with the police and State's Attorney. They want to find a way to make it easy and legal to press charges on those who they've kicked out and the one's causing fights.
Gerald Pulvermacher: "What I was told is that you have to give them a little piece of paper saying they are trespassing on our property, next time you will be prosecuted."
By keeping troublemakers out bar managers hope it's a sure-fire way to prevent people from causing trouble.
Johnny Johnson: "They'll have to either leave town to get a drink, or just leave town."
Owners hope all bars in Wahpeton and Breckenridge join in.