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A bar in Washington, DC had a report of a woman inside that brought her own bottle there and so Security dragged her out by her own. The problem is they allegedly got the wrong person. The bar is Nellie’s on U Street, and one I’ve been to multiple times while living there. In recent years, they’ve been viral for some type of nonsense happening there either by staff or patrons and when I recently received a call about some bar incident, Nellie’s was my first guest. I have no idea why they are such an out of control place but this doesn’t surprise me at all.

When the woman was being dragged by her hair, other patrons started jumping Security because obviously, that is not how you handle anyone. The woman being pulled, Keisha Young told WUSA9 that the problems began when she was mistaken for someone else.

She said, “[Security was] trying to get some other people out because somebody else brought a bottle in there. Somehow I got mixed up in an altercation because I look like somebody else and I got hit and dragged down the steps.”

After dozens of protestors were outside Sunday upset about the situation, the sports bar released a statement saying, “We were incredibly upset and disturbed to see the unfortunate event that took place at Nellie’s last night.” Nellie’s management said they’ll be conducting a full investigation into the matter adding, “At Nellie’s we foster an inclusive and safe environment, so events like this are completely unacceptable to us.”

I will add that just 5 or so blocks down the street is the restaurant Alero’s that has repeatedly been in the news and received numerous complaints of being aggressive with black patrons. One involved a woman who went to the bathroom around the time of the check being given and she returned to the table to have the police there to meet her. That story is one of the reasons I don’t go to the bathroom anytime near check time because the last thing I’m going to have happen is me being stereotyped. So given this history of the area, this doesn’t surprise me one bit. Also, black people who have lived in gentrifying areas have witnessed this type of aggressive and unwelcoming behavior plenty. It is sad.

As of this afternoon, a second statement from Nellie’s has been released stating,

“Nellie’s Sports Bar has terminated, with immediate effect, the independent security vendor hired to protect our guests during Pride Week. Our investigation into the matter is ongoing, and we will cooperate with any law enforcement investigation, however we do not need to wait for the investigation’s conclusion before we take decisive action.”

They add, “We offer a heartfelt apology to all who witnessed the horrific events of this past weekend. No matter what behavior occurred prior, nothing warrants mistreating, and disrespecting, one of our guests.”