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Careless strip-club bouncer loses gun on the job, police recover it the next day after thief starts beating somebody in front of South Station

Board issued a warning to the club for allowing an armed employee without board permission, but acknowledged it has stepped up its training.

A bouncer who had worked at Centerfolds on Lagrange Street for ten years lost his loaded gun one May night when he put it in a backpack and dropped that by the main stage, then went to the men's room.

And then he lost his license to carry when police found the gun, loaded, with no locking mechanism, in the possession of a man beating a woman outside South Station. Next to go was his job, since Centerfolds doesn't allow employees to bring guns into work.

Police and a lawyer for one of Boston's two remaining strip clubs detailed what happened on May 14 at a Boston Licensing Board hearing. on a citation to the place for allowing an employee to work while packing without board permission. The board could vote Thursday whether to sanction the club.

According to police, near closing time, the bouncer took off his holstered, loaded Smith & Wesson 9-mm handgun and put it in his backpack, along with his wallet and other belongings, then left it near the stage. He went to the men's room, then returned to help escort out employees. When done with that, about 15 minutes after he had departed for the men's room, he realized his backpack was missing.

Rather than calling police, he set out to make phone calls to try to find out who might have taken it. Finally, around 1:30 p.m., he called District A-1 to report his missing gun.

Around 9:20 p.m., police responded to 199 Summer St., in front of South Station, on a report of a beating - where they found a man beating a woman. Police arrested that man for domestic assault and battery at first, then for unlawful possession of a firearm after they found him with what turned out to be the bouncer's backpack, still containing the loaded gun and wallet.

In quick order, the bouncer had his license to carry, issued out of Peabody, revoked, for improper storage of a firearm, and then he lost his job, because Centerfolds has a strict no-gun policy, BPD Det. John Walsh and club attorney John Connell said.

"Nobody knew he had this weapon with him in the backpack," Connell said.

The club has "a zero tolerance policy with respect to weapons," Connell said, adding, "even if he has the right (to carry), he is not authorized to bring a weapon onto the premises." Even with a license, Boston bouncers can't bring guns into work without permission from the licensing board, which Centerfolds does not have.

"He thought he was allowed to [bring it to work] because he did have a license to carry," BPD Det. John Walsh said.

Connell said that after the incident, management retrained staff - and made it clear no guns under no circumstances. The bouncer was fired.

"We don't expect to ever be here again on this sort of matter," he said.

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Has never been worse. This AM there was a doped out couple camping in one of the three front entrances during rush hour. Had the entire entrance blocked off.

Something bad is going to happen any day now.

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Has never been worse especially the restrooms.

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Trains are also looking like they are back up to near pre-pandemic travel or coming close as well.

However, there are reported orders to live and let live by higher ups even if you are zeroed out on smack in front of one of the gateways to the city. Don't want to PO the Camberville / JP crowd who had a bird after Operation Clean Sweep.

I was in Barcelona in July. The junkies were polite and shot up in the alleys off of the side streets off LaRamblas and knew enough not to piss off the tourists. (It is always interesting to see clean needles being passed out). Sunday was Newbury Open Streets and Open Doping on the Boylston Street side of the BPL.

Boston was told there was going to be something done by the current administration. Kind of looks the same out there as it did three years ago.

Welcome to fun town.

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The guy who has basically built a house under the scaffolding on Purchase across from Dewey.

It’s gotten progressively (pun intended) worse since Wu took office.

It wasn’t a huge deal earlier in the summer when most of downtown was empty, but it’s picking back up and the walking dead are becoming a nuisance.

Not to mention the sea of orange caps EVERYWHERE.

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"You ever bring a gun to work again without telling me, I'll stick it up your (expletive) sideways."

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Good one. I had to Google the name.
I like your comment even better because that goes back to Breaking Bad, as much as Mike was such a big part of Saul.

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he"ll use one of yours

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Or are you just happy to see me?

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One of the board members asked if the guy's gun was visible when he wore it. The detective said, no, he had a waistband holster for it.

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{unclutching pearls, and grabbing a nip at Macy’s}

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According to police, near closing time, the bouncer took off his holstered, loaded Smith & Wesson 9-mm handgun and put it in his backpack,

...then he lost his job, because Centerfolds has a strict no-gun policy

So, he had a holstered gun and nobody noticed?

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