It was closing time at Molly’s Eatery and Drinkery in DeKalb when Ryan Scott was ushered out of the bar early along with a multitude of other weekend patrons early Saturday morning.
Moments after stepping into the Illinois chill, the 28-year-old man realized he had forgotten to close his tab, so he stood outside the gate and called to the waitress, who stepped outside and handed him his receipt.
That was when he realized the bar had added an extra $7.80 to his $38 tab, essentially a 20 percent tip.
He said he would not have minded paying the tip, possibly even more, but did not appreciate the tip being filled out for him before giving him the option.
He scratched out the tip and wrote in $38 as the total. Then after the waitress walked back inside, he began recording the receipt with his phone because he had planned to complain to the manager the following day.
That was when the bar’s bouncer stepped out.
“Yo,” the bouncer yelled, “where’s your receipts at?”
“I”m not paying the extra eight dollars,” Scott said.
“You’ve already got charged,” the bouncer said.
“I’m going to contact the bank, too,” Scott said.
The bouncer then grabbed the receipts out of his hand before snatching Scott’s phone.
“Give me the receipt, you’re going to be charged either way,” the bouncer said.
The bouncer then walked off, throwing Scott’s phone onto a nearby car, cracking the screen.
Scott then pulled out a Canon Vixia he always carries with him.
But the bouncer grabbed that one too, crushing the flip screen off it – following it up with a punch to Scott’s face, cutting his inside lip.
Scott called DeKalb police, who not surprisingly, defended the bouncer, even though Scott showed him footage from his cameras and they told him they viewed footage from the security camera.
At the time, Scott thought his Canon Vixia was not recording because the bouncer had broken the flip screen, but it was recording audio, even though it no longer is able to record video.
“His version is different,” the cop can be heard telling him. “I can’t believe you over him or him over you.”
“You see the injuries,” Scott told him. “I didn’t do this to myself.”
“How do we know you didn’t instigate this?” the cop asked.
In the eyes of police, questioning authority of any kind, especially with a camera in your hand, is “instigating.”
In fact, Scott suspects that the bouncer may have been an off-duty cop working security for the bar.
That wouldn’t be surprising because he certainly had the cop arrogance.
The cop asked Scott to bring in his footage and damaged camera to the station the following day, which he did after downloading everything.
When he arrived at the station, he was handed a trespass notice, informing him that he will be arrested if he sets foot back on Molly’s property.
So now he is hoping to talk to lawyers who would be able to subpoena the surveillance footage from the bar. That is, if they have not destroyed it yet.
But he does have the cop on audio admitting to viewing the footage, but Scott is a Cop Blocker who is well-known by cops in DeKalb, so they will probably do all they can to make his life difficult.
Sullivan, who lists the DeKalb Police Department on his Facebook profile, said he works for a different agency in comments he has since deleted (or maybe he just blocked me).
He also said he wasn’t mocking the fact that Scott was punched but by the fact that his camera was broken, which still makes him an asshole with a badge.
Scott identified the DeKalb cop who responded to the incident as Craig Woodruff, who can be reached at (815) 748-8400, who never provided Scott with the name of the bouncer.
Check out the video at the bottom.