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Pink Slip Strip Club Sued For Pistol That Slipped Past Security

The Pink Slip has appeared on this blog several times over the past year as the location of a crime scene.

On August 4, 2009 the predominantly African-American strip club in Brooklyn, Illinois served as the starting point for a rolling shoot-out that briefly closed the Poplar Street Bridge and left a 24-year-old woman dead.

Later that same month, 35-year-old Amos Blanchard was wounded inside the club by an intoxicated 22-year-old named Michael J. McCallum Jr.

Now, almost a year to the day later, Blanchard is suing the club's owners, Madison and Medora Garrett, claiming they should have done more to keep McCallum from bringing a gun inside the club.

The St. Clair County Record reports:
Despite metal detectors, McCallum somehow slipped into the bar with the gun, proving Garrett's Pink Slip staff failed to properly maintain the metal detectors and failed to properly operate the metal detectors, according to the complaint.

Because of the incident, Blanchard sustained injuries; suffered pain, permanent disability and loss of a normal life; and incurred medical costs, the suit states. In addition, he lost wages, the complaint says.

He blames Garrett's Pink Slip and its owners for negligently failing to train the metal detector operators, for failing to properly supervise the operators, for failing to provide proper security, for permitting patrons to enter the premises with a gun and for allowing patrons to drink intoxicating beverages while carrying a gun.
Blanchard is asking for $150,000 in damages -- which is more than enough to make it rain all night long.


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