Downtown bar looks to deter violence
It is a typical Friday night for Rhino Club owner and manager, Sean Tobin. He is getting ready for a fun loving crowd, but after hours, he says it is a different story.
“Arguments can ensue from anything like bumping in to each other to too many people in the same area, hanging out,” said Tobin. “People are just hanging out instead of going home. Sometimes tempers flair.”
In an effort to crack down on some of the late-night rowdiness, Tobin installed a halogen light, to illuminate the over-crowded, and sometimes dangerous bar-goers who congregate at the intersection of Market and Second Streets. It was a suggestion made by Wilmington Police.
“It’s safer for the pedestrians. It’s also safer for the police. That way they can actually see what’s going on because it can be dark in that corner because there’s not a lot of city lighting over there,” added Tobin.
It may seem like a simple fix, but still, Tobin says more needs to be done.
“I do believe it has helped, we have less people hanging out on the side walk after hours getting home hopefully safely and we see them the next night out and its great because we love our customers,” Tobin said.
The Rhino Club has been at the same location for three years. Tobin says as a small business owner, he will continue to work with the police and the city of Wilmington to come up with solutions to control the crowds.
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