June 12, 2010
Bars Turn to Texting to Warn of Rowdy Patrons
Bar owners and the police in Portland have started a text messaging system to alert one another when a patron is removed from a bar, is overly belligerent or is seen fighting. The texts will include the person’s name, if it is known, a physical description or photo, and what the person was doing. The New York Times reports.
The idea to start a “text tree,” as it is being called, came out of a security meeting of bar and nightclub owners this year. It is modeled after a video system Las Vegas casinos use to alert one another when people are cheating or gambling illegally.
Participants thought text messaging would be the easiest way to relay the information, since most employees carry a cellphone and can quickly see the message. “It’s an extra set of eyes,” said Jeff Nappi, a bartender at Fore Play, a popular sports bar on Fore Street.
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