"White man wouldn't give me no job", and other stories...
The sort of idiocy I used to witness as a police officer has once again come to the fore, this time with a different accent.
There's a large amount of indigenous people who frequent the casino. Most of them get on with the business of losing money in vast quantities, which is why most people goto a casino. Some, however, lacking such qualities as personal hygeine, manners and etiquette, cause us a few headaches.
One woman decided to assault another woman after having a fair few drinks. This was done, cleverly, in full view of two of our security officers on the door of one of the casino entrances. They shouted it up, as they can't leave the doors, and a couple of us sprinted across the casino floor to where it had happened. I was one of them, and arrived to see a woman, absolutely sloshed, slumped against one of the marble walls. Another woman yelled "She hit me", pointing at said drunk woman, who slurred "Yesh I hit her, but I ain't movin' from this spot". Indicating that she'd better start walking to the security officer or we were gonna drag her, she mumbled "Drag me then". So we did. I took hold of her upper arm (wearing gloves, as I try and avoid touching patrons without some sort of protective gear if I can avoid it), whilst my colleague took hold of her other arm, and we start walking her. En route, she started flailing her arm around wildly on my side. I told her to cut it out or I'd be armlocking her, but she ignored me and carried on. So I grabbed her lower arm, shoved it behind her back, locked my arm in place and forced her forward.
In the office she tried playing the sympathy card, claiming that nobody would be able to look after her kids. She didn't take kindly to me telling her the nobody might as well look after her kids if she was responsible for their care, what with drinking to excess, assaulting someone and generally acting like a degenerate idiot. Fortunately I didn't have to endure her company long, pending police arrival, before I was relieved by a colleague to go and do boxes.
Another person, also indigenous, caused problems a little later, when we suspected his ID was dodgy, and that he'd already given it to someone else to use to enter the club. When we confiscated the ID and detained him pending police arrival, he wasn't too happy. He started coming out with every 'the whole world is racist against me' cliche under the sun, which I'd heard before in my previous capacity and wasn't particularly amused by. The conversation between him and a colleague went something like this:
"Stop whinging. You got a job?"
"Nah. I tried."
"Well you didn't try hard enough did you?"
"White man wouldn't give me no job."
"Oh, well that explains it. It's everybody else's fault but yours isn't it?"
"Yeah. You lot are racist and you're doing this 'cos I'm Abo"
"No, we're doing this 'cos you've got dodgy ID."
Sunday day shift was a bit quieter, though I witnessed one of the single biggest examples of idiocy I've seen in a long while. Namely, a guy walking up the stairs to the casino entrance with a small child. I was on the door, and my colleague and I looked at each other disbelievingly. My colleague said to the man "You know you can't bring children in here, don't you?" The man actually looked taken aback and inquired as to why. Rather than enter into a detailed explanation about licensing and gaming laws; the safety issues of bringing small children into an environment of large amounts of people, alcohol and gaming tables and the absolute lack of common sense anyone would have to even consider such an attempt, we simply told him that we were merely complying with the same age requirement laws that every other casino on Planet Earth has to comply with. As he walked off he mumbled "Maybe next time". Yeah, maybe next time when the child is 18.