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Limerickman taking legal action after YouTube sensation

The Office bar, also known as McMahon's, were the incident allegedly took place over Christmas

The Office bar, also known as McMahon's, were the incident allegedly took place over Christmas

  • by Anne Sheridan
 

A YOUNG man who has been publicly humiliated by a bouncer who refused him entry to a Limerick pub is seeking to take legal action against those who posted a video of the incident online.

A YOUNG man who has been publicly humiliated by a bouncer who refused him entry to a Limerick pub is seeking to take legal action against those who posted a video of the incident online.

The video of the 19 year-old from Limerick city has gone viral in recent days, receiving over 65,000 views on YouTube, the site for sharing videos, as well as hundreds of comments and shares on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

The four-minute video, which was uploaded over the Christmas period, shows the man begging to follow his friends into The Office bar, and being asked to perform a series of embarrassing tasks, before eventually giving up and leaving the area.

The bar, also known as McMahon’s, posted a detailed message on their Facebook page after the incident, but it has since been removed.

The Limerick Chronicle was unable to contact the bar this week, despite numerous attempts.

It’s believed that the bouncer posted the video after the incident, which took place two years ago, but removed it some days later.

However, it has since been uploaded by a number of other people who wanted to highlight the incident at the bar.

According to some reports, the bouncer no longer works in the well known bar but is still working in Limerick city.

The video shows doorman querying how drunk he was, and encouraging him to walk backwards, stand on one foot, hop and touch his nose with his eyes closed, to prove that he was in a fit state to be allowed inside.

After asking him his age, the young man replied “18” only to be told: “Well, it’s 19s tonight pal”.

“Please, I’m begging you. I’m not drunk. I’ll do anything you want”, the man replied.

“When are you 19?” the bouncer asks. “Next month,” the customer says.

“Well it’ll be 20s next month” the bouncer announces, laughing to himself.

“Let’s see if you can walk in a straight line with your eyes closed” the bouncer requests.

The door man then tells the punter, “all jokes aside, this is a test we do with everyone” before requesting he put his “hands on your head and hop for me”.

The bouncer said if the man was able to say the alphabet backwards he’d allow him in, but he was unable to do so.

The video was re-posted online by a woman on Friday last, January 3, and at the time of going to print had 65,654 views. Another posting has had over 3,000 views.

A number of people have called for the bar to be boycotted until such time as the man receives an apology.

In a message online, the young man, who does not wish to be identified, said: “Just want to say thank you to everyone who has gotten behind me and fully supported me during these past days. It was such a shock and still is to me but the fact that it’s made national headlines.”

“Thanks for all the messages and calls, and knowing that I have all my friends and family behind me will get me through this and will make sure that there will be justice for what has been done! I would also appreciate if you could report the video that has 65,000 views on YouTube as I just want this down ASAP, thanks so much!”

 
 
 

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