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Manager at waterfront club loses job after he let guy who'd just sexually attacked a server stay for more drinks with his pals

When a server at the Grand on Northern Avenue reported that one of the men at a table she was hosting had grabbed her buttocks and inserted a finger in her, her manager did not call the police or even kick them out. Instead, police detectives testified today - and the club acknowledged - the man said he would give the men "another chance" and let them stay and enjoy the Grey Goose vodka they'd ordered.

The attacker, one of a group of Irishmen who entered the bar shortly after midnight on Oct. 13, is likely back in his home country, and remains unidentified, Amy Boudreau, a detective in the BPD sexual-assault unit told the Boston Licensing Board at a hearing this morning.

The manager who let the men stay, however, was first suspended and then fired because of the incident, the bar's attorney, Kristen Scanlon, told the board.

The attacker, described as having a thick Irish accent and jelled back hair, had been sitting at a table-service table with several other men, all apparently from Ireland, for about 20 minutes when he "reached behind [the server], grabbed her buttocks and digitally penetrated her anus," Lt. Det. Stephen Meade said. He said the server immediately pulled away and demanded to see her boss. But when she told her manager what had just happened, Meade said, he told her "I'm giving them another chance" and did nothing. Instead, she walked out of the bar - and then reported the incident at the A-1 station downtown later that morning.

Chares Kane, director of security for Big Night Entertainment Group, which owns the Grand, said he was not notified about the incident until about the same time as the server was talking to a detective.

But he and Scanlon said the group took immediate steps: The manager in question was suspended and the company had a series of meetings to ensure something like this would never happen again. Managers were "reeducated" on not letting customers get away with that, while female workers had their own meeting with managers to get reassurances that the company "is 100% behind them," Scanlon said.

After a review of the night, they added, the manager who let the guys stay for another 15 minutes was fired. He had worked with the company for about five months.

But when Kane and Scanlon said the company told managers that any inappropriate conduct towards workers is grounds for immediate patron ejection, board member Liam Curran expressed frustration.

"The appropriate move here is to call police," he said. "I don't think ejection serves anything. This is not words. This is physical contact. That's a bright line: It's time to call police."

"I totally agree with you," Kane responded. He added that while the manager no longer has a job with Big Night Entertainment, the server remains employed at the Grand.

The board could decide Thursday whether the incident warrants any action against the club and if so, what. Possible actions range from finding no violation to issuing a warrant to suspending the club's liquor license for a specific number of days.

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What is the significance to explaining the pervert was Irish?

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It's the main link the cops have. They also described the shirt he was wearing, but I was too busy writing something else down to write that (it was a button-down is all I remember).

Yes, if he had been British, or Peruvian or whatever, I would've noted that as well.

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by "jelled back hair." How did they know? =)

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I mean, how do you think they knew?

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wasn't clear.

Instead of reading it as the suspect's hair contained gel, my warped mind pictured back hair that was gelled.

Yeah, I was bored. :)

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It's more the fact that he was probably from Ireland and trying to catch him now isn't gonna be that easy if at all.

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That airplanes can fly over walls. The bad hombre got in and sexually assaulted our citizen.

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Gross, loud, and overpriced.

Also, Liam Curran, they didn't call the cops because they know that's an automatic hearing. I know you're newer to the board, but, yeah, try to temper your expectations for a person who lets his customers (expletive) his employees to want to come and participate in a civilized legal hearing setting.

I'm siding with the board. Nail him to the (expletive) wall.

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Even though they know they get an automatic hearing before the board, if only because they know that if they don't call the police, it's just going to be even harder on them when the police find out anyway.

But, yeah, this was, well, it was all sorts of extra horrible, and I sat there, amazed, that in 2018, this woman could be made to suffer twice like this - first by being physically attacked (we're talking a felony here), then again, if not physically, by somebody who's supposed to be looking out for her safety. I guess my gender is showing, though - I suspect a woman would have been equally horrified, but not really all that shocked, if at all.

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Woman here to say your last bit about your gender is showing is true, this is horrifying but not surprising. I'd say that I hope the club gets royally effed over this, except then I have no doubt the woman would lose her job, ultimately from being sexually assaulted at work.

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...said this guy was smart.

I guess my gender is showing, though - I suspect a woman would have been equally horrified, but not really all that shocked, if at all.

Not even a bit.

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Nope... not surprised at all. As women we are used to seeing, hearing or experiencing being treated like this...all.the.time.

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But what is

digitally penetrated her anus,

What's digitally? Did he stick his phone up there

its awful what happened but I'm lost on the word digital,

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Really? Digits = fingers.

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Do we tolerate this behavior?

She should sue her employer, I hope she does.

Completely not acceptable.

#metoo

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if you're attempting to make a serious point or add a sincere voice to the conversation, it's ruined by your unfunny schtick.

pick a lane.

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M*A*S*H endeavored to be both funny and serious.

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what on earth does MASH have to do with this? how do you suppose they are at all similar?

one was a thoughtfully and carefully crafted socio-political satire, the other is a random internet person who one minute produces truly incomprehensible walls of text that s/he intends, apparently, to be funny (??? no one knows), then the other attempts to make a sincere contribution (??? again, it's not clear).

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What I really endeavored to do was to kick you around for being an anon and going after somebody with a handle.

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Doesn't matter what handle or lack of one you use: the shtick got old a while back.

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I'm in IT and the word "Digital" means something very different. Typically it means something NOT physical,.

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Back in your day penetration was analog?

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It was physical, not digital.

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my two-volume copy was destroyed in a Southie basement flood a few years ago -- but I expect that the use of the word "digital" referring to "pertaining to digits (fingers or toes)" predates the modern sense of "non-analog" by centuries. Its mathematical use (referring to the symbols of number systems, like our counting-on-our-digits-derived Base 10, but later to other numbering systems like binary), probably falls between the two.

It's a hideous story, regardless, the kind of thing that makes me want to shun this group's other properties as well.

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Yes, this would have been a fine time for cybah to skip the pedantry and use contextual clues that they may do well googling what other meaning the term could have than to diminish a horrific experience by feigning ignorance at best and playing up the chuckle factor at worst.

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No more Red Lantern for you. You'll have to stage your remake of Goodfellas elsewhere.

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From Wikipedia:

The name "digit" comes from the fact that the ten digits (Latin digiti meaning fingers)[1] of the hands correspond to the ten symbols of the common base 10 numeral system, i.e. the decimal (ancient Latin adjective decem meaning ten)[2] digits.
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And I understand that "digital" has more than one meaning.

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You do realize I turn 43 this year?

Not really a kid any more. :-)

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The bar should permanently loose its license for the cover up of this sexual assault.

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Guy no doubt told them all to pay in cash before they left, keeping their names off the record.

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a whopper of an assumption.

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They have the credit-card info for the guy who paid for the table.

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if they have his credit card information?

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Isn't the guy who attacked the server. I'm guessing he's also back in Ireland and has been a bit reluctant to answer queries from Boston.

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Is it known for sure that the rapist is gone, or is this just uhub speculation?

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Great! I was coming back to this today (saw it yesterday and it really stuck with me and infuriated me!) to ask if there wasn't a credit card trail to lead back to the sexual assaulter. And about the strong Irish accent--a huge number of people from other countries live, work, study and do business here on a regular basis. Let's not be so quick to dismiss the idea that this rapist is long gone and will never return. I want him hunted down if he's still in the country or grabbed at immigration next time he tries to set his filthy self back in this country.

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Like I always say: It's an emigration problem, not an immigration problem. Kicking people out doesn't do jack (expletive) if you don't send them to the Mariana Trench.

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Let's not be so quick to dismiss the idea that this rapist is long gone and will never return. I want him hunted down if he's still in the country or grabbed at immigration next time he tries to set his filthy self back in this country.

There's a chance that Boston Police have relayed whatever they have on the alleged perp to the Gardai who will have this information should he get in trouble in at home.

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Why the hell didn't the manager just oust the guy who'd just attacked and molested his server and then told him not to come back or he'd be arrested, instead of letting him stay for more drinks with his buddies? That's what he should've done. It sounds like the manager deserved to lose his job.

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He should have called the cops, and damn the consequences.

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Kick him out, tell him not to come back? That sounds like doing the guy another solid.

How about calling the police if your employee reports being sexually assaulted.

He shouldn't have been kicked out. He should've been held down until the cops came.

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