Friends kicked out of Cheam pub for blowing their noses

Sutton Guardian: The women were accused of doing cocaine The women were accused of doing cocaine

A group of friends were accused of being drug users and thrown out of a Cheam pub simply because they had colds.

But the management of the Harrow Inn stand by their actions and say the area has a problem with recreational drugs so they take a strong stance against many suspected incidents.

Nursery worker Jessica Parsons was having a drink with two friends at the High Street pub on Saturday night.

She and one of her friends were suffering with colds and went to the toilet.

Miss Parsons, 23, said: "It was about half nine and we went to the toilet. Because we both had colds we both blew our noses while we were in there. We weren't in the same cubicle or anything like that.

"As we left, one of the female bouncers pulled us back and said 'come with us'.

"They said there was a drug problem and that they heard us sniffing drugs in there.

"I told them I blew my nose because I have a cold and laughed because I thought it was a joke - I don't even smoke, let alone do cocaine!

"We both have respectable jobs and we just wanted to go out for a quiet drink. I work in a school, there is no way I would risk that.

"I asked them to call the police but they wouldn't and they just told us to leave so we had to go and leave a bottle of wine we'd just bought on the table."

Miss Parsons said she has been going to the Harrow regularly since she was 18 but has no plans to go back after what happened.

But the pub has defended its actions.

A manager at the pub who declined to give his full name asking only to be identified as Sam, said: "We have a high rate of drugs issues in the area and our place is one of the red alert places.

"We have three door staff who will deal with situations when there is the slightest suspicion. If, in this case, we have made a mistake then it would be the first time. 

"We are a lively pub so in terms of security we can't be too careful."

The women did not let the incident ruin the evening, they headed to All Bar One in Sutton to continue their night.

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8:40am Wed 15 Jan 14

emelem says...

should have called the police once outside, if for nothing else to get the money back for the wine.
should have called the police once outside, if for nothing else to get the money back for the wine. emelem
  • Score: 15

11:30am Wed 15 Jan 14

Mr Flange of Wallington says...

So why go to the toilet to "blow" your nose? The pub have the right to ask anyone to leave, and on this occasion the bouncer made a decision based on experience. If the young ladies wanted the police to be summoned, why not do it themselves? No smoke without fire.
So why go to the toilet to "blow" your nose? The pub have the right to ask anyone to leave, and on this occasion the bouncer made a decision based on experience. If the young ladies wanted the police to be summoned, why not do it themselves? No smoke without fire. Mr Flange of Wallington
  • Score: -28

11:34am Wed 15 Jan 14

emelem says...

maybe they had no tissue so as to blow into? i dunno... i have to say tho that a blowing a nose and taking something into it do sound different...one is more like a honking, lol....
maybe they had no tissue so as to blow into? i dunno... i have to say tho that a blowing a nose and taking something into it do sound different...one is more like a honking, lol.... emelem
  • Score: 6

11:44am Wed 15 Jan 14

AlexTB says...

emelem wrote:
should have called the police once outside, if for nothing else to get the money back for the wine.
The Police will not attend. The cost of the wine is a civil matter.

I used to work in a Police Control Room and dealt with this type of call on a few occasions.
[quote][p][bold]emelem[/bold] wrote: should have called the police once outside, if for nothing else to get the money back for the wine.[/p][/quote]The Police will not attend. The cost of the wine is a civil matter. I used to work in a Police Control Room and dealt with this type of call on a few occasions. AlexTB
  • Score: 5

11:45am Wed 15 Jan 14

emelem says...

yes, i do suppose they have more important matters to deal with! i sometimes forget i'm not in a small town, lol...
yes, i do suppose they have more important matters to deal with! i sometimes forget i'm not in a small town, lol... emelem
  • Score: 4

12:37pm Wed 15 Jan 14

D Hoole says...

'If made a mistake, it would be the first time' - there's a first time for everything.
Mr Flange, they didn't go to the toilet to blow there noses, they went to the toilet - and blew there noses whilst there. Anyone might do that, and young woman more likely, rather than do something so unseemly in full view.
As for 'no smoke without fire', in my opinion that shouldn't be trotted out as another way of saying 'someone has pointed the finger so therefore they are bang to rights'. It's unfair and it's lazy thinking.
'If made a mistake, it would be the first time' - there's a first time for everything. Mr Flange, they didn't go to the toilet to blow there noses, they went to the toilet - and blew there noses whilst there. Anyone might do that, and young woman more likely, rather than do something so unseemly in full view. As for 'no smoke without fire', in my opinion that shouldn't be trotted out as another way of saying 'someone has pointed the finger so therefore they are bang to rights'. It's unfair and it's lazy thinking. D Hoole
  • Score: 25

12:46pm Wed 15 Jan 14

patrickforbelmont says...

In terms of drugs in terms of the violence and poverty they often cause, I'm suggesting that the mantra "if in doubt" has to hold here. A few people having their evenings curtailed for the sake of reducing violent incidents, the underworld economy and victim ruin is probably a small price to pay.
In terms of drugs in terms of the violence and poverty they often cause, I'm suggesting that the mantra "if in doubt" has to hold here. A few people having their evenings curtailed for the sake of reducing violent incidents, the underworld economy and victim ruin is probably a small price to pay. patrickforbelmont
  • Score: 8

1:10pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Goodness knows what the pub would have labelled them if they had pharted instead.
Goodness knows what the pub would have labelled them if they had pharted instead. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 9

1:13pm Wed 15 Jan 14

emelem says...

lol! didn't you know, michael? girls don't phart!

;)
lol! didn't you know, michael? girls don't phart! ;) emelem
  • Score: 6

2:01pm Wed 15 Jan 14

justbeinghonest says...

There is a great difference in the sound of someone blowing their nose & someone sniffing drugs.
something doesn't smell right with this story. (excuse the pun)
There is a great difference in the sound of someone blowing their nose & someone sniffing drugs. something doesn't smell right with this story. (excuse the pun) justbeinghonest
  • Score: -6

2:51pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Man goes in to the Harrow Pub carrying a set of jumper leads and says to bouncer on the door "Can I bring these in?" to which bouncer replies "Oh all right then - as long as you don't start anything."
Man goes in to the Harrow Pub carrying a set of jumper leads and says to bouncer on the door "Can I bring these in?" to which bouncer replies "Oh all right then - as long as you don't start anything." Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 11

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