While I admit that some individuals in the bouncing profession are douche bags (as in EVERY profession), I have to say that the assumption that they are all meat-head, horny jocks, who are out to ruin your night, annoys the crap out of me. I go downtown every so often, like much of the 19-30 year olds in Halifax, and I go to a variety of bars, and I have encountered one or two assholes at the door. However, the majority of the bouncers whom I have met are nice guys (one or two gals) who are just doing their job and trying to make sure everyone has a good night. After the amount of stupidity I have seen, especially the fights, if nothing else, I feel bad that bouncers have to deal with people who are old enough to drink legally, yet have not mastered how to behave in public. They are trying to keep you out of trouble, but time and time again I hear,
"Bouncers are assholes."
"They just want the power."
"All they want to do is fight."
These statements are untrue and completely generalized. People have one experience with one dickhead and assume they're all shit heads. I have had bouncers watch my drinks for me, for safety, I've had them get creeps away from me, I've seem them stop countless fights, end extreme sexual harassment situations, even provide medical attention. Bouncers are like people in any job, there are a few rotten apples, but give them respect, their job is keep everyone safe and law abiding, and thus in their way assuring you have a great night. —Bar Patron