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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