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Bartender Safety

PULLMAN – The Bureau of Justice Statistics conducted a study that showed bartending to be the third highest job in non-fatal violence behind security and law enforcement.

Corban White experienced his coworkers having to deal with harassment when he was lead bartender at a bar in Pullman.

“There were guys who would come in who would flirt, and flirt in aggressive ways,” said White.

Lynndy Ruddell works as a bartender at the Coug and received advice about what to do to avoid a dangerous situation.

“We’ve been warned, you know, when you leave to cover your clothes or your uniform. Don’t really tell people what your tips are. That kind of thing because it’s heard that people can actually be jumped,” said Ruddell.

An organization in Washington DC, Safe Bars, teaches bars and bar staff how to foster a safe work environment. Directer Lauren Taylor encouraged everyone to do their part in keeping everyone safe in the bars.

“Standing up and saying something or just asking someone a question is really no cost to you, but i you fail to, then it could be a very high cost to the people involved,” said Taylor.

For more information on Safe Bars visit: safebars.org



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