Producer’s note: Someone on Quora asked: What’s something that is common knowledge at your workplace, but would be mind-blowing to the rest of us? Here is one of the best answers that’s been pulled from the thread.
Confessions from a dude who used to work in a club.
I was the door guy. I dressed up to welcome people in or took charge of the VIP area. Here are the secrets you probably don’t know. Check it!
1. Celebrities can be assholes
Even if you see them on TV putting up some sort of good guy or good girl persona, they can be real pricks in person.
The thing about clubbing is that people want to go in to have a good time, and by good time, it means having a sense of self-importance and thinking you deserve respect automatically without any kind of real credentials.
So, celebrities can be really nasty in clubs. I’ve seen how they treat us customer service staff. They can start shouting and demanding for shit even though it’s completely unreasonable. A friend of mine was screamed at and threatened to be fired because he didn’t recognized her. None of us did actually. Nobody gave a fuck about her boring sitcom or whatever it was.
2. Celebrities are deeply insecure people
So you know how alcohol releases one’s inhibitions and get people to act out who they really are, in the worst possible way? That applies to celebrities too. I once saw a celebrity, a pretty little thing, drunk off her mind at the back area. She seemed to have had a squabble with her friend then and she started shouting about how she wanted to kill herself.
If that’s not deep insecurities, I don’t know what is. I’m guessing the pressures of the media and work get to celebrated people.
3. People will use money to get their way, no matter what
As said, in a club, it’s all about wanting to have a good time by looking good. And you look good if you appear to be rich. So people buy a shitload of drinks. Most rich people inside would use this to get their way even though they’re in the wrong. Let’s say they need to exit through another entry way because it got crowded as fuck. They wouldn’t want to. They’d literally scream, “I paid $1000 tonight! I demand to see your manager!”
Go figure. This is very, very common in kids with rich daddies. Goes to show how the younger generation are growing up today.
4. The ones who LOOK like hooligans, thugs and gangsters are the most polite
I’m not a mind reader. I can’t tell who’s really in a gang or not, but any normal person would judge somebody to be in one if that person has a shitload of tattoos or piercings.
These are the guys who are the most polite. I loved receiving them. They rarely gave any problems. My guess is they’ve been through their fair share of shit or worked in the service line before. Thus, they’ve learnt to respect people.
5. Fights happen almost every night and they’re covered up by the club
It’s honestly a really grisly sight to see someone beaten up and bleeding all over the place. You may think that justice would be served then. It’s as simple as calling the police right? Nah. Anything can happen right after the altercation itself.
The assailant may have ran off quickly. The victim may be too drunk to remember anything. Whatever it is, nobody wants extra trouble or headache. Getting the police involved is the last thing anyone wanted. Whether you take that as a good or bad thing is up to you.
6. Oh and fights happen for the dumbest reasons
Guy A walks by Guy B and accidentally bumps into him.
Guy B turns around. It is crowded. He only sees Guy C.
Guy B accuses Guy C. A fight starts.
7. You may or may not want to respect a rich, asshole VIP
After I quit, I actually got to know some of the rich, VIPs inside. They actually seemed normal people despite some of them being really rude to the service staff.
I found it to be a really quirky phenomenon. It seems that rich people have it in their heads that they get to be assholes because they work really hard to be where they are today. And they do work hard! They’ve all the values and principles required for success. You can’t help but respect that.
So that’s the funny thing about life. People are truly not what they seem. Hopefully, you aren’t on the receiving end.
8. Cheating happens all the time inside
I once had a customer walk up to me. He was smiling awkwardly to himself. Out of nowhere he told me, “Oh man! Both my wife and mistress are inside!”
And he didn’t really seem that panicky. I think he has cheated to the point he knew how to get out of it or he just didn’t respect women at all. Cheating is very common inside. The boyfriend, girlfriend, wife or husband just doesn’t have to be there.
9. Then again, there is justice
I heard of a case where an asshole VIP got into a fight. He broke a bottle and used it as a weapon. There was blood. I think the police was called and everything.
Next thing I heard, that dude escaped to another country, probably fearing for his life. There you have it. You can’t get away with everything just because you’re rich or good looking. The wonders of a club.