Langley club’s bouncer assaulted Indo-Canadian complainant, human rights tribunal hears

Published: April 30, 2013
Manjit Gill

Manjit Gill (left) and Serge Rai attend their human rights tribunal in Vancouver, B.C., on April 30, 2013. Wayne Leidenfrost/PNG

 

SUSAN LAZARUK
VANCOUVER DESI

An Indo-Canadian man who claims he was denied entry by the Langley Shark Club because he’s brown-skinned was assaulted by a bouncer that night after taking his picture.

Serge Rai, 43, filed a complaint against the club, along with his friends, Manjinder and Manjit Gill, a married couple who each filed a complaint against the club, after a bouncer refused them entry on Dec. 9, 2011.

The three complaints of race discrimination are being heard together by a B.C. human rights tribunal.

The three friends, all in their 40s and sober, were among a small group of Indo-Canadians who arrived 15 minutes late for a reserved party.

Doorman Andrew Schmah continued to admit other patrons, none of whom were visible minorities and some who had no tickets, the complainants said, after he told them the club was sold out, Rai said.

Rai said they continued to ask the doorman to be admitted and were also denied the opportunity to speak with a manager.

When Rai asked Schmah his name, the bouncer gave him a false last name and smirked, he said.

Rai also told the tribunal he was standing about “15 feet” away from Schmah, who was working the door behind a velvet rope, when he took a photograph of him with his cellphone.

“He came right at me,” said Rai. “He just charged at me.”

Schmah grabbed Rai in a headlock and flung him to the ground and Rai’s one shoe flew off, Rai said.

Schmah was convicted in May of assault in provincial court for the incident and sentenced to one year’s probation, according to court documents.

Rai also testified that in 2004 after phoning for New Year’s Eve party tickets at the club and being told there were lots available, arrived with his Indo-Canadian wife to be told they were sold out. A white couple they approached in the parking lot were able to purchase the tickets for them.

“I couldn’t let it rest this time,” he said to explain why he filed a human rights complaint.

He filed the complaint in February 2013 and received the Shark Club’s response in May, when it filed to have the complaint dismissed.

“It made me physically sick to my stomach at how many lies were told [by the Club in the application],” said Rai. “Their story was completely opposite of what happened that night and it was completely fabricated.”

Club manager Brent Chow told the tribunal he heard Rai say he was going to post photos of Shark Club staff on Facebook saying they were racist for not letting them in and that’s when he barred them.

Over hours of confusing testimony that had the tribunal chair seeking repeated clarification and the complainants shaking their heads, Chow also said they weren’t allowed in because they were late for their reservations and alternatively that only Rai was refused entry for not producing ID but the others were then barred for being belligerent.

Chow also said his staff told him Rai threatened to get a gun from his car and shoot them and the bouncer only assaulted Rai after he threatened the bouncer with a “metal stanchion.”

Chow also defended the bouncer’s profanity against the group and the assault as fitting within the Shark Club’s written professional code, maintaining it was OK for his employees to use profanity if a patron did first.

Chow eventually backed down after being challenged by the incredulous chairman and conceded the bouncer “did lose his cool a bit. But he took ownership of it.”

A written letter went on the file of Schmah, who no longer works for Shark Club.

The tribunal is scheduled to continue Wednesday with testimony of the two bouncers working that night.

slazaruk@theprovince.com
twitter.com/susanlazaruk


Tags: , , , ,





Featured

Desi women achievers

#SheTalksYVR: Learning self-acceptance beats quest for perfection (with video)

IAN AUSTIN VANCOUVER DESI Harpreet Pandher’s quest for perfection showed her there’s much, much more to life. Entering and winning fitness competitions meant eliminating supposed…
Continue Reading »

Immigrant-language test

Flowers, cards for Indian couple running convenience store in Manitoba beaten by customer

THE CANADIAN PRESS BEAUSEJOUR, Man. — Owners of a convenience store in Manitoba who were beaten by a customer are seeing an outpouring of support….
Continue Reading »

PAKISTAN-WORLD CUP

Pakistan will not send selector Moin Khan back to Cricket World Cup after casino debacle

RIZWAN ALI THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ISLAMABAD — The Pakistan Cricket Board says chief selector Moin Khan will not return to the World Cup, and has…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Desi women achievers

#SheTalksYVR: Learning self-acceptance beats quest for perfection (with video)

IAN AUSTIN VANCOUVER DESI Harpreet Pandher’s quest for perfection showed her there’s much, much more to life. Entering and winning fitness competitions meant eliminating supposed…
Continue Reading »

Immigrant-language test

Flowers, cards for Indian couple running convenience store in Manitoba beaten by customer

THE CANADIAN PRESS BEAUSEJOUR, Man. — Owners of a convenience store in Manitoba who were beaten by a customer are seeing an outpouring of support….
Continue Reading »

Canadian men pleased Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh jailed in Nepal for abuse of child

By Michael Tutton THE CANADIAN PRESS HALIFAX — Two men who testified against Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh say his conviction in Nepal for the sexual abuse…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Hands Against Racism

Hands Against Racism: Send us a selfie and make a statement against racism (with video)

VANCOUVER DESI Vancouver Desi’s digital anti-racism campaign, Raise Your Hands Against Racism, officially kicked off Thursday, with people across the Lower Mainland sending in selfies…
Continue Reading »

triplets

U.S. mom with 2 kids celebrates one-month birthdays of rare identical triplet boys (with photos)

COREY WILLIAMS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. – A suburban Detroit couple who have two older children are adjusting to life after becoming…
Continue Reading »

File photo: An Indian Muslim bride, her hands decorated with henna, attends a mass wedding organized by a social service organization in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool

Groom dumped by bride-to-be for a wedding guest accuses her of drugging him before ceremony

VANCOUVER DESI A 25-year-old Indian groom who was dumped by his bride-to-be for a wedding guest after he suffered an alleged seizure has accused his…
Continue Reading »

bikram

Vancouver woman sues hot yoga guru Bikram Choudhury for sexual assault

SUSAN LAZARUK VANCOUVER DESI A Vancouver woman is claiming the leader of one of B.C.’s largest yoga chains repeatedly sexually assaulted and coerced her over…
Continue Reading »

murder plot-Pakistan-love triangle

U.S. man convicted of setting up fatal shooting of Pakistani wife while walking with young son

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MORRISTOWN, N.J. — A man was convicted Thursday of setting up the fatal shooting of his Pakistan-born wife while the couple was…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Bollywood sex

Indian court bans release of controversial Bollywood film ‘Dirty Politics’ starring Mallika Sherawat

IANS Patna – The Patna High Court on Tuesday banned the release of Bollywood film “Dirty Politics” over some objectionable scenes, a government lawyer said….
Continue Reading »

Bollywood

‘Mardaani’ Bollywood actress Rani Mukerjee to be awarded for highlighting women’s safety

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS  Mumbai – Hindi film actress Rani Mukerji is being honoured with an award for her endeavour to highlight the cause of…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood beauty

Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma treats filmmaker Farah Khan to ‘tasty daawat’

IANS Mumbai – Filmmaker-host Farah Khan had a “wonderful and tasty daawat” with Anushka Sharma and her mother, filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Ayushmann Khurrana…
Continue Reading »