July 02, 2005
La Fontaine : Bad Attitude
The first night of the Jazz Festival has been soured for us by an incident in La Fontaine where my girlfriend was groped by a drunken man called Søren. We moved to another table, and I asked Søren to leave. We also complained to the barstaff, but the only thing they did was to ask Søren to move to another table ; we wanted him out of there, because he had made my girlfriend feel most upset and uncomfortable and she no longer wanted to be in the same bar as him. The response from the doorman was "I didn't see it happen and he's a paying customer and there's nothing I can do and it wasn't that bad was it?" - irrelevant and wrong. A long argument ensued outside La Fontaine between the doorman and my girlfriend over whether or not being touched by a complete stranger constituted harrassment or not, during which I was not as calm or polite as I should perhaps have been as I listened with mounting frustration and disbelief. All through this Søren was sitting comfortably inside listening to the jazz. My girlfriend called the police, who came quickly but were not helpful. At this point the music was ending and Søren came out to go home. The police asked him what had happened, and then they let him go. All through this, the doorman and barman were completely unhelpful, unsympathetic and just plain wrong. All we were asking was that Søren be shown the exit, so that we could continue to enjoy the music undisturbed, sitting with the people we wanted to sit with. Søren apparently is known to La Fontaine, whereas we are not, so we had to leave while he could stay. So, ladies, if you are touched up by a complete stranger in La Fontaine, it had better not be by someone they know there, because otherwise you you won't get any help from the doorman or barman and you might as well just leave and go somewhere without a sexual harrassment policy from the 1800s.
Posted by daen at July 2, 2005 06:00 AM