Horrible Experience At The Saddle Rack!
In early February we took a party bus with 35 people down to the Saddle Rack for my twin nephews birthday. We range in age from 20's-50's, and were excited for a fun night of country music and dancing. Most of us had never been to the Saddle Rack. Yes, there was some drinking on the bus, but the ride down took less than an hour. Nobody was even close to drunk.
The pre-arranged cover charge of $10 for arrival prior to 9pm and went up to $20 when we pulled up at 9:15. As our group headed up to the door, my nephew had asked the ""security"" guy if they would consider a break since we had such a big group and the party was pre-arranged. We were met with hostility from the moment we walked up. When asked if we could speak to a manager we were flatly told ""NO"", and that a few of the people were not going to be allowed in...no reason given. We all were totally blindsided by the antagonism. When some in our group questioned why, more ""security"" came to the front. My nephew tried to give them the full cover amount for everyone, but the ""security"" guys just stood there glaring and and seemed to be hoping for a problem.
My brother in law was the DD that night as he was to drive some of us home at the end of the night. In an effort to not let this situation ruin my nephews birthday, he said it was ""not a big deal, lets just go somewhere else"" as he turned toward the parking/driveway. Without warning, he was jumped from behind by 3 of the ""security"" guys who slammed his face into the curb, punched, elbowed and kicked him in his face, torso and knees. They brutally and savagely beat him. My sister, in trying to pull them off her husband, was thrown face-down into the street, handcuffed and threatened with Mace. Some of the younger men jumped in to save my sister, and a short, quick altercation broke out. A ""security"" guy threatened to press charges against my sister for assault. It was all like a horrible dream.
When Fremont PD showed up, they accused my brother-in-law of being drunk, but declined to breathalize him at his request. At that point, my brother-in-law, bleeding profusely from his face, refused EMT transport because he wanted get out of Fremont. I have to say, the EMT's were amazing, even apologizing for our experience in their city and letting us know not all of Fremont is like that. A friend drove us to a hospital closer to home while the group stayed with my sister. She was eventually let go. The pictures we have are horrifying.
My brother-in-law was released from the ER the next morning. He missed 2 weeks of work due to his injuries. In the police report, it was stated that his injuries were ""accidental"". Calls to request the parking lot video have gone unanswered.
Those ""security"" guys provoked and instigated the entire situation. As soon as the party bus pulled up, it seems they had decided we were not going in, even if we had not asked about the cover charge. With the assistance of Fremont PD, they (some of the names I remember are Jason, Dave, and Eric) got away with their actions.
I thought I would feel safe once the police showed up. Boy was I wrong.
We are not the kind of people that would participate in a bar fight or any other type of violence. We put on a charity golf tournament for 15 years, and have raised our now-adult children to be productive, compassionate, responsible members of society.
Not only will I never go back to the Saddle Rack, I have been telling and showing the pictures of our experience to anyone and everyone I can so that nobody else has this very scary experience.