If you haven’t heard yet . . . where have you been? By the time I’m posting this the dead horse has been beat.
It started on Reddit.
Some comments on Yelp.
Late Night Fort Collins and The Scoop Blog Network decided to run with it in a two part series that included two hours of observing who got in and who didn’t followed by an interview with a former employee.
The Collegian ran a follow up and then closed in for the kill with a report on the now written down and publicly available dress code.
So much Unsolicited Advice needed. One of the great things about posting after Robyn is that she often covers all the basics and I don’t need to repeat what she said. This leaves me free to do what I do best. Like South Park I have no sacred cows. Let the beatings begin.
Rec Room Owners:
I get the concept of a club environment. I use to live in Houston and I spent many many nights in high end dance clubs such as Paragon, Lizard Lounge, Red Square and the holy of holies, Blue Planet. I was shaking my groove thing to Bizarre Love Triangle when you were still messing your diapers. I understand that you are trying to create a certain environment. One in which men spend lots of money on booze. That’s a business model and it works.
Part of your business model should be not pissing off potential clients. Aside from all the racism allegations there is a more important reason to have a publicly posted dress code. When people show up at the door and get turned away for their clothing it’s going to piss them off. They may not come back. They may talk shit about your business.
Letting your customers know in advance what they shouldn’t be wearing in order to gain admittance to your club benefits everyone.
I also understand you are trying to keep out the gang members. Which in Fort Collins is rather like trying to keep out the unicorns.
I know that the police department is desperate to have gang activity in Fort Collins. It gives them something to do. There is no gang activity in Fort Collins. There is some bad parenting which looks very much like gang activity to the untrained eye but there are no gangs.
I’ve driven through parts of Houston and passed overturned burning cars. I’ve seen the police cars drive through red lights because it’s 3am and they know better than to stop. There is no gang activity in Fort Collins. I know this city really wants to be Greeley but it isn’t. Yet.
My main piece of Unsolicited Advice for you was going to be what you’ve already done. Post the dress code publicly. Since you’ve done that my new U.A. is . . . proofreading. For spelling and clarity of thought.
Your posted dress code contains such gems as:
No excessively baggy clothing that are characteristic of “gang lifestyle” that may intimidate Old Town community culture of family entertainment
Family entertainment? The Rec Room? What am I missing?
Hats must be worn with bill facing forward absent of specific gang activity associated with color that is adapted with the rest of the attire
No brimless style hats (cold weather style beanies are permitted) that are indicative of abnormal lifestyle of the community
Abnormal lifestyle? Isn’t this right wing speak for homosexuals?
Pants cannot be tucked into foot-ware that portrays association with gang activity
Some specific color coordination is not permitted because of its identity of gang association
Putting aside the terrible sentence structure these are pretty nebulous. How are those going to be applied universally? Some colour co-ordinations will be banned? Maybe you could write the banned colour combinations on a chalk board each night along with the drink specials.
I know I’m being harsh on the Rec Room, so let me close by saying I don’t think you are all bad. The dress code also includes:
No sleeveless shirts on men
No camouflage pants or shorts
No one in their right mind can argue with those.
Wait? How did he end up in here? Our hometown hero and upstanding warrior in the War On Drugs left a message on the second of the Late Night Fort Collins posts in which he chastised the writer with such skilfully crafted sentences like this one.
This really lazy journalism trying to stir up a hornets nest.
The intent of this story is to create histeria where there is nonthing to stir up.
Let’s give Ray credit. He knows what creating histeria looks like. This is the man who thinks Reefer Madness is a documentary.
It was only when I read the Collegian article that it became clear. Ray is a public relations representative for the Rec Room. My unsolicited advice to Ray:
In your quest to show the public what real journalism looks like it would be a good idea to disclose your conflicts of interest. When attacking writers for having opinions you don’t like the correct process is to mention the business you are defending pays you money.
Here is some bonus U.A. for Ray. Go to Amazon.com and check out the page for Ray’s book about the evils of marijuana, The Truth About Marijuana: America’s Snake Oil. Keep in mind that as a police office much of his job security and funding was justified by the War On Drugs. You will notice there are five reviews for the book. Four one star reviews and one five star review.
Guess who wrote the five star review?
Wait for it.
Wait for it . . .
Ray. Instead of reviewing your own book on Amazon you can go to Fiverr.com and hire people to do that for you. Or if you had friends you could ask them to review it.
Here’s a bonus quote from Ray’s book.
Having a dream is the embryo to creating a vision, which is the cause of creation. Creation through a person is designed by our Creator-it’s God’s greatest gift to each one of us-an idea. An idea conceived is hope that becomes reality.
I have a suspicion Ray help the Rec Room owners write the dress code policy.
Keep up the good work. If you are pissing people off that means you are doing it right.
Add Ray Martinez’s accusation that you are not a real journalist to your Linkedin profile. This is rather like Hitler telling you “You’re not much of a humanitarian.”
Here is the breakdown of people mentioned in your post categorized by gender and colour.
- Hispanic men – 1
- Black men – 10
- Girls (skin colour not specified) – 2
- Middle Eastern men – 1
- White men – 5
The number of people made fun of for their appearance – 2
Both of them white men. I get that you were going for humour. I’m doing that in this entire post. The comment about socks and sandals is funny. Still. You figure it out.
Boys Of Fort Collins:
Why are you going to Rec Room? To meet girls. Ask yourself this. Is it worth it?