(1) Never visit bars, or at least limit yourself to the very top tier.
(2) Be willing to throw the first punch (kick, whatever).
(3) Be trained (again, in the right kind of martial art) and be ready all the time. That means being ready through an awful lot of false alarms, and also taking the risk of your readiness being interpreted as escalation. Your friends probably won't want to hang around in bars with you if you're like that.
(4) Learn how to de-escalate potentially violent situations.
Really, having been in a few fights, I highly recommend #4. That one skill is likely to be more useful than everything you'll ever learn in a dojo.
I look romantically at my time as a doorman for a dive bar, especially now as a software developer, haha.
Seriously, I do pride myself in the fact I went to school full time while working at the bar as often as any other employee - 5 nights a week, for over a year.
Pair this with the fact we threw many dozens of people out on my watch without any serious interpersonal altercations. Yes people broke stuff, etc.
But mostly it was about communicating an out.
They were told to leave, first off, and that was in all senses, nonnegotiable.
But, 19 out of 20 times, they were just too drunk to be there. So I always let them know it was no big deal, come back tomorrow night or whatever. Just not now. Downplay it.
If it seemed they didn't want the fun to end, I would slyly make the suggestion to try other places, or to go eat.
I would work with their friends also if possible. Friends sometimes do the physical stuff for you if needed.
Kicking out whole groups is easy usually, as you can sort of stoke the group dynamic to dislike the bar for the perceived injustice. The ones who actually like the bar come back and apologize later in time.
Drunks will bait you, etc. which should be treated as comedy. There is really never a reason to initiate physicality. Certainly not without help either.
One guy, who very drunkenly threw a punch at a friend (and missed) for unknowingly taking his chair even told us that his mother had just died and he only went out to the bar to punch somebody.
But, yes, bar fights still happen regularly.
That said, my experience is:
1. They are somewhat cultural. More common in some regions/bars/demographics
2. They happen more frequently as the night/drinking deepens
Where are you going to find regular bar fights? Is it more a US thing, a rural thing, a college town thing? Because despite having spent way too much time in bars in various parts of Europe, I've basically never seen anything escalate beyond shoving and shouting.
I last saw a bar fight on the north shore of Kauai. I love Kauai, but locals have told me, "there's not much else to do at night other than drink and fight."
In some places, drinking is just something that do you do when you go out, in others, it seems like drinking is the goal of going out and they try to get drunk the faster the better.
#4 is great, your ability to run a 400 meters in 70 s is awesome too.
Do not get into fights if there is any way to avoid them (including begging).
I you have to fight to full throttle and be the one to hit first.
Or the client greatly exaggerated the "symptoms" for personal gain and thus doesn't have to fake it anymore. I've had many friends/family members reportedly fake (or greatly exaggerate) injuries, sue, and then brag about it afterwards. It seems incredibly common in the United States.
I live in Vancouver, Canada where the average car insurance per month is around 200$.
No, it's common practice that you can sue for pretty much anything, not just car accidents. Most of the fraud that I have seen did not involve car accidents but stupid, mundane things like slip and falls or whatever. I also have a customer of mine that is basically a "professional victim" that serially looks for people to sue (this lady's super lazy). I've also seen startups almost go out of business because of software patent trolling. This behavior is not just limited to car accidents, believe me.
> I also feel that insurance companies have raised prices so high it could be argued that you'd be foolish not to do the same.
It can also be argued that the insurance rates are high AS A RESULT OF many lawyers/people are gaming a system that is easily gamed.
> that you'd be foolish not to do the same.
I'd argue that it's ethically wrong to do so.
The reason I put the word "witness" in quotation marks is that in only one case did I see the first swing being taken. Otherwise there was commotion and I'd turn and see someone on the floor, or two guys grabbing each other and bystanders pulling them apart.
Note I said "amazing" not "implausible" -- my experience is only mine, and I am sure there are those who lead a more exciting life than mine.
But the author is talking about ones that lead to litigation, presumably a minority but one which is by definition self-selecting.
I also hadn’t considered people trying to get back in after being chucked out (which does seem to happen in a surprising number of cases) as “bar fight” though I can imagine that also leads to litigation and is all the same from the insurance company’s POV.
In any case these days I tend to drink in a higher class of joint (excepting Antonio’s in Palo Alto where I still go)