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Englebert PR Stunt Goes Awry: Waitstaff Claims Gratuity Free Living at Suzie Wong’s

Posted in club owners, trouble, unsubstantiated, waitstaff with tags , , , on August 28, 2008 by davidhollis

OHkay, here’s the deal: so like, remember how those waitresses got fired from 1Oak? And like, they were Asian? And like, they claimed they were discriminated against, and got hit on? And remember how JE (aka John “JE” Englebert) put out a whole press release saying how upset this made him, because, like, he loved and fed and petted and took care of his waitstaff (I promise!)? And then he like, offered to hire the Asian girls so they wouldn’t have to worry about, like, making a living?
Well, turns out he might be kinduv, sort of a hypocrite. Ironically, it turns out that one of the pink-slipped girls worked at Suzy Wong’s before going over to 1Oak, and that she left because the club wasn’t giving them their tip outs, using the old we’ll-take-your-tips-for-the-night-and-give-you-a-check-later routine (commonly known as ‘screwing the help’).
In light of this, we are just dying to know if any of the girls has taken up JE (aka John “JE” Englebert) on his offer. So, like, text us, ok?

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Who The HELL Is Threatening Steve Lewis?

Posted in club owners, trouble on August 25, 2008 by davidhollis

A quick peak at a recent status update on Steve’s facebook page reveals that the recent subjects of one of his interviews are none too happy with what he wrote about them, and are threatening violence (though a quick scan of the site doesn’t reveal anything too threat-worthy).
Well, we’re pretty sure that Steve can take care of himself-after all, he survived the Haitian gang wars. But in any case, Steve is like, our boy, and we like, totally have his back.

“Moderately In Shape”, Angry, Drunken Hudson Hotel Rejectee claims: I’m a Brunette!

Posted in door staff, jump rope, trouble on August 24, 2008 by davidhollis

Ahh, Gawker. Today we find an interesting item on the Hudson Hotel, where last night, a young lady claims that two (count em: TWO!) “underage blondes in front of me were able to get in without a problem”, and that SHE wasn’t let in! And all because of her hair color! Well, lets get that on the website, like, right now!
From what we hear, the guest in question was, eh, slightly large. And throwing things. Which leaves us wondering: if a blind man applies for a pilots license, will he be rejected because he’s gay?
Dont’ get us wrong: we love the big girls. Shoot-we love them looong time. But if you’re going to cry foul, why try to hide your ‘moderately in shape’ status? We can get behind that. er…
But the more troubling question remains: how slow a news day does it have to be before you start publishing drunken complaints from your readers about not getting into a club?

This Just In: Nightlife Industry Discriminates Based On Appearance!

Posted in club owners, promoters, trouble, waitstaff with tags , , , on August 23, 2008 by davidhollis

Seems that Page 6 is all excited to report that 10ak fired four (count ’em: four!) asian waitresses, and that said bottle flacks are suing the club for discrimination.  Well, gosh…

From the inside, let me be the first to tell you something shocking: rich guys like hot asian chicks bringing them bottles of grey goose on silver platters.  So, there’s that.

Second, nobody likes homogeny. If you enter the nightlife business, you go in with the understanding that, eh, you’re going to be judged (respectfully, of course) in terms of how good/bad/hip you look.  Ugly people don’t go over so well (unless your beautiful on the inside!  Then its just fine.)  That said, a good club owner knows that they’re casting a show, and they need different players to fill different rolls.  If your staff is all white/all black/all anything, it just doesn’t work.  And so diversity takes care of itself.

Third, half the best bottle-service waitresses in New York are asian, okay?  When I used to work at Spa, there was waiter who was asian and gay, and he made more money than the tranny pole dancer at The Box.

My guess: the waitresses in question were probably incompetent or lazy.  The waitresses at 1oak are making lots of money, and its uber competitive.  When a place is that successful, there’s bound to be staff purgings and firings every day of the week.  There’s plenty of discrimination going on in the nightlife industry (ever hear anyone describe a night as ‘urban’?  Ever need to clarify what they meant? ), but it sounds like these chickies are looking for an extra tip out.

Ok, Text Messages Are Awesome!

Posted in texting, trouble with tags , on August 23, 2008 by davidhollis

Not really.  But since we spent the last post dissing the whole textual revolution, we thought we’d post our very favorite text invites here for your enjoyment.  Some of them are funny, some are desperate, and some verge on the literary.  You be the judge:
This weeks winner, from the superstar duo of Fontaine and Mory, who have clearly mastered the art of the sms:

Why they always caution men against bad girls?  Bad girls are predictable, good girls are the ones to be warned against.  Erly bbq at hi-bar and party at bijou. 

Got your favorite/lamest party invites sitting around your inbox?  Well bag ’em up and send them our way.  Featured invites will be forwarded to my aunt Gladys in Baltimore (she’d love to attend!  Who is this?)