169 Bar Strikes Back, Claims NYPD Underage Operation was ‘Unlawful’ Due to Fake ID
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When news broke that the city filed suit against 169 Bar over alleged underage drinking, the internet almost broke. The flood gates of commentary were opened (57+ comments), and out came the trolls and those who are standing up for the beloved establishment.
The lawsuit – filed in New York Supreme Court last week – alleges that 169 Bar allowed sales to minors in an “open and notorious manner” (i.e. cans of PBR). The legal action was brought thanks to outspoken neighbors and a narc operation by the 7th Precinct.
But now owner Charles Hanson, along with his lawyer, are claiming that the whole lawsuit is bogus. The following statement was sent to us in response to the proceedings:
I want to it to be clear that the only allegation being made is that, according to the NYPD, an underage auxiliary police officer working as an agent of the NYPD used an ID to get past the doorman of the bar and allegedly purchase alcoholic beverages on two occasions, November 19th and November 20th.
The suit by the city does not allege any other incidences of underage consumption or purchase of alcohol. After examining a multitude of evidence pertaining to these allegations, it is my firm belief that the ID used by the NYPD auxiliary officer was a fake ID thus making the alleged police operation unlawful. We believe the court proceedings will show without any doubt that 169 Bar has, and will continue to, operate lawfully and with the best interests of the public and community in mind.
Court date is Tomorrow.