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“You don’t need doormen in Paradise”

It all started on the Thursday night in what was billed “The most beautiful discotheque in the World” Paradise Lost in Watford. And what a truely beautiful venue it was, lakes, waterfalls, fountains, bridges two dance floors and three restaurants one being French.

The General Manager – Andy McGrath had recently arrived from the Pink Coconut in Brighton, and on this particular Thursday night there was an incident where a customer was stuck by one of our doormen.

On the Friday night Andy interviewed the doorman in question and decided to suspend him while he conducted further inquiries. The remaining Door staff did not like this course of action and threatened Andy that if he did not change his mind they would walk out. It was a Friday night with an expected crowd of 2,000 ,coupled with the fact that the club had a troublesome past, only six months before one of our doorman was shot whilst standing on the front door and things had only started to calm down with the induction of this new door team.

Surely Andy would find a compromise… His reply to the threat was “I’m not changing my mind” with that the doormen collected their belongings and left. The time was 22.30hr’s and I was left on the front door on my own.

I stopped letting people in, closed the doors and cleared reception.

Andy then appeared in reception asking why the doors were shut. I said Andy we haven’t got any doorman!!!

Andy replied…”You don’t need doormen in Paradise” with that the doors were opened and between the four Managers we got through the night incident free.

Andy Mcgrath a living legend.


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“Don’t forget to get receipts”

I was working at Paradise Lost in Watford when Mark Overton (GeneralManager) called me into his office and informed me that Peter Loader(Regional Manager) wanted me to visit a club the Company had just brought in Uxbridge called Regals.

They had bought the club with the existing Manager and felt there may be a problem with the club and wanted me to have a look at the bar operation during an operational night, it would be the first time that I was asked to perform such a task and was excited.So the date was set and I was told the Manager did not know I was coming, just behave like a normal customerI was told.

On receiving the £20 petty cash from Mark I ask if he thought that £20 was enough because I would have to pay for petrol and entrance into the club he replied “Your not going there to enjoy yourself”, and I left with his words “Don`t forget to get receipts” ringing in my ears.

On paying and entering into the club you could feel straight away it was not a First leisure club it had a very rough and ready feel in reception and asking for a receipt for my entrance was a ritual in itself, (hardly the act of a normal customer) and was told I could collect the receipt on my way out,

Whilst at the bar I witnessed bar staff placing drinks at the end of the bar and doormen picking them up and disappearing with them aa well as various other naughty naughies.

Later whilst sitting at the bar one of the bar staff who had just come onto the bar shouted out “He works at Paradise Lost” another then shouted “He’s been watching us all night” and immediately a doorman who was at the bar grabbed hold of me and was soon joined by another.

They went on to question me why I was there and I blurted out that I was on a night off and was was curious to see what the club the company had brought was like.

I was then manhandle to reception and whilst one of the doormen was explaining the situation to the manager I remember thinking well at least the Manager was going to save me but he just said, ” Now I know why you wanted a receipt”

Well my early optimism soon turned to dismay realising the end of this story may well be painful.

To be honest getting the receipt was the last thing on my mind I was just wanted to get out in one piece. So I was relieved when they just manhandle me out of the club with a few choice words ringing in my ears..

On arriving back at Paradise Lost still distressed, I informed Mark of my plight.

He commented at the end “Did you get receipts ” lol.


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