Cops defend Bar None after Yaletown dustup
Alysha Thompson has accused staff at Bar None in Yaletown of attacking her for no reason and causing nasty injuries during her Saturday night stagette, but Vancouver police aren't sure the accusations are fair. (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)
The Vancouver Police Department is looking to get to the bottom of a barroom dust up that gave a bride-to-be her ‘something blue’ in the form of bruises.
Authorities, however, are concerned the story may be missing a few key elements and are searching for additional witnesses before laying blame.
Alysha Thompson, 29, posted allegations on Facebook she’d been attacked without provocation by a Bar None waitress during her stagette party over the weekend then dragged out of the Yaletown bar.
“Now I have to deal with stitches and probably a scar on my face for our wedding all because she’s a power tripper and enjoys attacking customers,” Thompson wrote.
Her story has gathered momentum on social media with sympathizers trash-talking the bar.
But the VPD said it’s concerned about the online vendetta Thompson seems to have started against the bar.
Spokesman Sgt. Randy Fincham said the online push to lay blame on the bar staff may be premature.
“It looks like the would-be bride has approached a number of media outlets today and has run an extensive social media campaign shunning this bar and identifying the bar staff as the person being responsible for these injuries,” he said. “It’s looking like it’s not necessarily the bar staff that have cause the injuries to this woman.”
He added bar staff had cooperated with police and video of the brawl has been reviewed. Police are now searching for another group of women involved in the melee.
Fincham said the campaign is putting a “significant amount of attention on the bar where it’s not necessarily deserved.”
Bar None is not known as a trouble spot, according to the VPD, and is active in the BarWatch program that promotes curbing violence in nightclubs and bars.
Thompson’s Facebook comments were accompanied by photos of her injuries and noted she intended to take legal action.
“Prepared to get sued,” she wrote.
24 hours attempted to contact Thompson, but received no response.
A woman claiming to be a friend said Thompson was consulting a lawyer before talking to media.