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Remarkable Stories from a Spanish Bar

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What if ?
21 March 2013 @ 10:46

 What if ?

I am safely at home with our daughters but what if the following events occurred when I was alone at the bar ?
One of two things could have happened, maybe Mr Big would have just gone home or maybe I wouldn't be here to tell the story, but thankfully I wasn't there and this is what happened.
Barry and Joe were sorting out for the end of the night, everyone had left apart from Mr Big. He was terribly drunk and as we know when we have had a few, our views on life change and we lose a lot of our powers of reason. That said some things are unacceptable no matter what state you are in.
Mr Big decided that it was Barry fault that Mrs Big had been taken home and he should have told him, which of course he had. Then he started telling Barry all the things he was doing wrong and Barry asked him to leave. It was very late and he was the last customer, not an unreasonable request, you would think. But for Mr Big this was totally unreasonable, Barry should stay open until he was ready to leave. Barry asked him once more and Mr Big started getting more and more aggressive, Barry told him enough was a enough, 'leave now or I will have no choice I will bar you'.
Barry and Joe were now leading Mr. big outside into the car park so they could lock the bar.
Mr. Big was on a roll 'you can't bar me, you can't bar me'. Barry now fed up with the whole episode told him he was now barred.
"Why Barry? Why Barry?".
Mr Big lunged towards Barry, Joe now by his side put his hands out to stop Mr Big, in the state of total drunkenness Mr Big fell backwards on to the floor. Barry thought that would be the end of it, but it turned out to be the start.
Mr Big got up, was he going to walk towards his car, oh, yes he was driving home in that state. As Barry and Joe turned to walk into the bar they saw a flash of white as Mr Big reversed his car turning slightly until it was facing the other side of the car park, they were both now staring at Mr Big, he smiled and then put his foot down. 


Straight into the back of our parked car. What the hell was going on. For heavens sake this is totally insane behavior even when there is more alcohol than blood running through your veins.
Mr Big drove off, Barry pressed the panic button on the bar alarm and waited for the Guardia Civil(police) to arrive.
Barry and Joe were in shock, well who wouldn't be, they were in the bar having a drink to try and process what had just happened and calm down. The Guardia Civil arrived and told them they would have to go the station and make a statement in the morning. Then left.
About an hour later, Barry and Joe were having a drink to calm their nerves, they heard a car, who could it be at this time of night, they went outside to see Mr Big coming towards them, shouting threats to Barry about how he needed to watch out for Sam and the girls. Barry pressed the panic button again and waited for the Guardia Civil to reappear, they had a look around, but Mr Big had gone and repeated that needed to report this in the morning also. (Some facts here have been left out for legal reasons.) 
Barry and Joe got back to our house around 3.30, they woke me, they were both in a state of shear disbelief and shock. When they told me what had happened I couldn't believe anyone could behave in that way, in fact even four years on I can't believe that one person however drunk could act like that.
I was fast asleep, what was that noise ? Am I dreaming ? There it is again, oh, not a dream the door bell. Up I got I'd only been back in bed about an hour, I opened the door, the Guardia Civil. To be fair my speech in any language when I have just been woken up is not great, but my Spanish must have been dismal that morning. They clarified I was me and then informed me that the windows had been broken, so I told them 'yes I know the window of the car had been broken', they said 'no the windows of the bar', sleepily 'no,no, the car'. 'We need someone to come to the bar because the alarm is going off, because the windows have been smashed'.
For heaven sake this guy had really lost the plot, not only had he written my car off, he now has smashed up my bar.
I got Barry and Joe up to go with them.
What must the Guardia Civil have thought we had only been open four weeks and they had come out to us three times in one night.
In fact our relationship with the local Guardia was made strong by this horrific night, we know most by first names and they supported the bar well through our time there. They would drive by at least twice a day, every day for the whole four years. I even get invited to the fiesta and church service for 'Guardia Civil Day'. Every cloud has a silver lining.
Joe was fantastic through out this sorry situation and we really appreciate the continuing support he has given us.
To be continued .....
(Some facts have been left out for legal reasons.) 

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Seamus said:
23 March 2013 @ 04:04

Car a write-off? Are you sure? Looks like a new rear door and bumper needed!

"smashed up your bar"??? A few broken windows, according to your account!

What happened to "Mr. Big"??? Was he ever censured by the police? Did he get away scot-free? Is he still knocking around, threatening "Sam and the girls"? Best mates and bosom-buddies with everyone?

Seems like a fair bit of drinking occurred in order to "recover from the shock" of the night's events. Yes, shocking they were, but downing alcohol every time something upsetting happens isn't a sensible way to handle situations - or life!

I'm glad nobody was hurt though, and the police did a good job.

graeme said:
23 March 2013 @ 07:37

Seamus...why did you even bother to comment??...its their it for what it is...

Sam...keep the stories coming...and phew...what a close call...


knowledgeseeker said:
23 March 2013 @ 08:20


Where do people like you come from? Obviously a shocking incident, obvious who is in the wrong and you start that crap?

James said:
23 March 2013 @ 08:50

Seamus why bother? Are you a complete cretin? I suggest that if you have nothing useful to say then just don't bother in future? And If you know the meaning of a write off, you would know in vehicles that it's written off if a vehicle costs more to repair than what it's worth.
And judging by the age, after all required parts are paid for, spray job, etc, it probably is a write off. Plus impact like that can cause plenty of damage that you obviously wouldn't know about!

Glad the police did a good job and everyone was ok, hope the guy gets caught.

Sam said:
23 March 2013 @ 09:02

Thanks for all your comments. Maybe I should have mentioned that we had taken the car to a garage, who had told us it was a write off.
Seamus you are right alcohol is not the answer to life's problems, but sometimes it sure helps!
Graeme, knowledgeseeker and James thanks for your support, I will continue to tell our story as I see it and I hope you enjoy it .

Val White said:
23 March 2013 @ 12:37

Seamus until you know what you are talking about, just shut up and keep those thoughts to yourself. We don't need to hear them!

Barbara said:
23 March 2013 @ 13:54

We used to own a Gym back in the UK in the 80s - the first in our town of 20,000 people so we thought we had enough scope for clients. The owners of another Gym 10 miles away started a game of blackening our name. They sent someone to throw plants in the jacuzzi, pee on the sauna coals and generally make life unpleasant. One day these steroid fuelled animals came in on a Ladies day, making lewd comments about customers trying to exercise in piece and getting very heavy handed when we tried to get them to leave.

It certainly did not inspire me to carry on with the enterprise. If it had not been for the support of the other 2 female staff who were there with me I might have sent everyone home and locked the doors.

Sam said:
23 March 2013 @ 14:51

Barbara that is horrible, we were very lucky all the bars in town supported, helped and were customers. Luckily on the whole we had few problems over the years, the biggest being the one you have just read.
Val thank you for your support.

manxmonkey said:
23 March 2013 @ 15:50

Aah, come on, how long do I have to wait for the rest? Don't leave us in suspense. And please tell us why he was "Mr. Big" was he tall or a gangster?? By the way I'm glad you made friends with the local police. I used to run a couple of big factories and unfortunately ended up employing the occasional trouble maker but worse, employing a couple of women who had abusive cretins as husbands who thought (oh big mistake) that they could come into our business and set about their "partners". For about 20 years we had a regular "personal police patrol" throughout the 24 hours / 7 days a week that we worked. Our canteen was always open to them to take a break in and our car park became a regular pull over for speeding and careless motorists! In fact I'm now retired and most of those officers also but I still see a couple of them socially every now and again. The police get a bad press nowadays and of course in most dealings with them people are left frustrated and annoyed but in those days with less paperwork to worry about and less emphasis on Health & Safety (I could have stopped that child from drowning but I suddenly realised I had brown shoes on instead of black) and of course on building up their pensions I think the police in those days made running our family business a lot safer and took away some sources of concern which nowadays I expect small businesses have no help with. I was back in UK last month and don't remember seeing any "Bobbies on the beat".

Sam said:
23 March 2013 @ 20:27

Manxmoney, thank you for your comment, the next bit of my story is on called OMG, tomorrow more ! I called 'Mr Big' Mr Big because although he is fairly tall, he thinks he is 'the big I am !' Pretty sure he is NOT a gangster ! I agree with you totally the police are like they used to be in the UK and they always looked out for us when we had the bar and we still have a great relationship and friendship that continues to this day. Good blokes ! I hope you enjoy my blog, I have many funny stories, it was just the start that was slightly dark !

Patrick Hennessy said:
24 March 2013 @ 13:56

Sam what an awful experience but you know there are people like this around. After years of being a publican with town centre venues and in a garrison town didn't really come across any trouble and bearing in mind that our pub was the busiest per square metre in the whole of the brewing estate, until one day a Mr. Big walked into our pub and with licensing hours ending then at 11 p.m. he refused to leave at 12.45, after repeatedly asking him to leave he tried to strangle me and had to be pulled off. I have never forgotten that incident, but the good will of our customers allowed me to go on. Likewise Sam there are plenty of people who will appreciate you, so try hard to forget this idiot he is not worthy of your time - Best wishes

Sam said:
24 March 2013 @ 21:49

Patrick, were you in Aldershot ? My home town. You are so right, not worth the energy and our experience wasn't as bad as yours. We, like you were very well supported and that means so much more than the 'Mr Bigs' of this world. Thank you for your support x

Patrick Hennessy said:
25 March 2013 @ 22:58

Hi Sam

No not Aldershot but mostly in Hampshire and Oxfordshire. Good Luck.x

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