Massive response on fight at Poor Boys Friday
HARRISBURG—The response to our report on the Friday incident at Harrisburg’s questionable biker bar, Poor Boys, has been overwhelming, and we have opted to bring to you what others are saying to us.
The following is a compilation of several emails we received over the weekend, after Brandon Bebout was allegedly beaten brutally by Chris Wiley, whom we have confirmed is a nephew (via marriage, not blood) of one of Poor Boys’ owners, “Crazy” Jim Watson. We have boiled the input down to be presented to you, but NONE of these are our own words; this is real information that has come in to us since we put up the post Saturday, 07.30.11.
One reader advised us, through our coverage of the incident, “Kick ‘em (Poor Boys, Crazy Jim and ChickenBob Wilson, who is part owner of the place [at least on paper]) while they’re they’re down… After all, that’s what they and their patrons do to people. I think you should let the older citizens of the community (after all, we are part of the Bible Belt) really see what’s going on, and perhaps the pressure cooker that Crazy J & Chicken B are in will get so hot that someone with the right info and enough nerve will blow the lid.”
Another suggestion: “People need to know that PB’s is quickly becoming just like the old Players Club and even worse… Check this out: Hypodermic needles constantly being found on the parking lot, always having bad fights & never enough security (as required by law), sex toy parties every few months, Chippendale’s male strippers scheduled for Aug. 23rd, bartenders as well as customers always flashing their tits, pool hustlers taking advantage of the weak, illegal poker machines (although the sign reads ‘For entertainment purposes only’), catering to outlaw biker clubs when holding their quarterly and annual meetings, offering more money & a contract to local entertainers in order to keep them from the competitors, placing some people on the barred list for absolutely no reason at all (hummm?), no cover charge for certain VIP’s, free drinks to certain VIP’s, nobody is ever too drunk to be cut off, and there is a chosen few that can do whatever they want and will never get barred, and on and on and on…”
We don’t know what Players Club is; that’s before our time in Saline Co, but we’re sure you, our good readers, will fill us in! As for the rest of it: we don’t have to say “alleged” on this stuff; our readers have assured us that they have been there and have SEEN it with their own eyes.
More input: “Crazy Jim thinks he’s untouchable because he has Chicken Bob shrouding him with his evil vulture wings, and he has more money than most of us could ever make in a dozen lifetimes, (thanks again to Chicken Bob)… Crazy Jim sucks up to his inner circle which consists of: a few politicians, a few dirty cops, a few money makers like some coal miners, E.T Simmons & Ameren employees, some disabled old guys who spend their entire monthly government check there, a couple of independent contractors, a local pharmacist, a CPA, an insurance agent, and lots of young big-tittied girls who are always willing to show em off… Everyone else is just bar trash.”
WOW. We had no idea.
Then, this from the first emailer (we put it in separate locations in order to flow contextually): “Actually, Players Club was like going to church compared to Poor Boys… Jim Watson spends his a lot of his time at casinos, Daytona, bike rallys, and places away from here where people only know him as a big spender rather than who and what he really is. Years ago the people of this community would have never allowed things to go on like the current activity at Poor Boy’s.”
Here’s one that caused us to sit up and pay attention:
“I want to know what should our new mayor, Eric Gregg do about this? Look at people like John Stanley who has never ran a business like Crazy Jim Watson, but has constantly been shot down by those who are suppose to be pillars in the community. (Yeah right). Business owners here have been shut down for almost nothing at all. Why hasn’t Poor Boys Lounge? (I think we all know why). Eventually someone is going to get killed there, then what ? Poor Boys is a very uncomfortable place to be unless you’re an alcoholic, a drug dealer, a stripper, a fighter, a corrupt politician, a dirty cop, an outlaw biker, a gambler, a pervert, a pool shark, or a sex freak. I think our new mayor should man up and serve the town according to his oath of office and stop allowing the longtime problem of favoritism to continue. Most can’t see the forest for the trees when there’s so much more to see if one will just stop and look closely.”
So, we contacted Mayor Gregg, and were pleased to see that he issued this statement:
“Incidents like the one that occurred this weekend in Harrisburg will not be tolerated. We will review city ordinances to address areas that are, or may become problems. Establishments within this city need to ensure the safety of their patrons at all times while they are on their property. It is my plan to step up dealing with anyone or group that is breaking the law–to the fullest extent of the law.”
So now, it’s starting to look like a showdown: who’s in charge, Crazy Jim and ChickenBob, or the duly-elected officials of Harrisburg, who ran on a platform of encouraging business in their town, but are concerned with the safety of each and every resident?
The answer to that should be clear, but let’s remember: ChickenBob was the attorney in charge of things in Harrisburg when the city was doing little things like not bonding their police department or chief (Bob Smith, who’s STILL embroiled in an ongoing federal case brought by Stanley). As a supporter of Watson, there’s no telling WHAT kind of crap Wilson could pull out his rear. So our best wishes are with Mayor Gregg and the council; they’re going to have a hard road ahead of them having to deal with characters like these.
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