So last night, walking past the club Kingcora on Pine, on our way to a play, my friend Anna and I witnessed a little scuffle between the bouncer and a drunken homeless man. The bouncer was shoving the homeless guy out of the bar. He shoved the man (who was already drunk and none too steady) so hard that he fell backward, and landed a few feet away on the concrete sidewalk. When his skull hit the pavement it sounded like a bowling ball. The bouncer went back in the club without even checking to see if the homeless man was okay.
He wasn't. He lost consciousness for a couple of minutes and blood started oozing from his ears and pooling on the concrete below. Normally I'm totally self-centered and aloof and can't be bothered with other people's problems, but, I don't know, call me crazy, but I'm of a mind that when someone is UNCONSCIOUS AND BLEEDING, you're kind of morally obligated to stop and assist. My friend Anna dialed 911. We waited for help. We stayed when the fire department got there, and for the paramedics, and to give a statement to the police. During all of this time, no one from the bar came out to see if the guy was okay. (He did end up regaining consciousness.) When the police asked Anna if she could identify the bouncer who did the shoving, the bouncer called her a "fucking bitch."
I don't mean this as an incendiary statement or a cautionary tale. I just want to voice my disgust at the way the homeless man was treated in the first place and the lack of compassion that was shown to him. I don't know what went on between he and the bouncer before we got there, but I don't think anything he could have said or did really justifies the treatment he got. And I want to give props to my friend Anna for doing the right thing, and for stopping to help even though she otherwise was only repaid with an insult.
On the brighter side, we made it to the play, which is called Capitol Hill High, showing through February 25th at the Capitol Hills Arts Center. It is a really funny satire about the hipster culture, and you should all go see it. That's all.