It's a big fat understatement to say it's been a tough week for Dirty Blondes. Ever since video leaked of the Fort Lauderdale beach bar's security delivering a vicious Rodney King-style slamming to patrons, the establishment has been fielding a lot of ill will.
Nowhere is that more evident than on Yelp, the Internet's Bible of crowd-sourced food reviews. But if you wade into what patrons have to say about Blondes, a lot of the comments -- many stemming from before the Brawl Seen 'Round the World -- echo similar issues with the bar's staff and management.
The run of complaints is particularly important in light of the statement this week from AJ Yaari. The bar's owner made it clear "We do not and will not condone these types of actions within the confines of our business or anywhere for that matter." Yaari fired the bouncers involved in the beat down and also promised to beef up security.
But if you take your cues from Yelp, issues with the staff are endemic. And we're not talking about the usual online cry babying about a place being a "dive" or "dirty." These complaints are all mostly about the attitude and behavior of Blondes' staff.
These first reviews are all time-stamped after the beat down video was publicized on July 29th, probably part of the bad PR-pile-up that followed the viral outrage.
Earlier Yelp posts also comment on possible violence at the place:
And point out attitude issues with the staff.
So there, the Yelpers have spoken. Is this relevant? You might be asking. Absolutely, especially considering how so many of the complaints here bash Blondes for the same issues involving the folks working the room. See, everyone expects bar patrons to act foolish. That's what happens when you sell people booze. But the whole point of a bar is that amid all the customers' foolishness, there need to be some adults in the room to keep control. It looks like that hasn't happened at Blondes.
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