Dear Sarah Parker,
Thank you for your letter of 20th June 2017.
From your letter you appear to think that my grievance is the result of some sort of bar room banter from just one individual.
I will elaborate, but please forgive me if I cover some ground that you may already be aware of.
I am not over sensitive to being called names, I have been called worse things, and no doubt will be again.
Plus, when in a state of anger, I have sometimes used much much stronger language, and insults.
But never I might add, in the Lonsdale.
The point of this situation is that it was perfectly deliberate, cold and contrived. Why ?
On the day in question I was sitting on a brown coloured low easy chair, with my back to the stairs, facing towards Portobello Road, the till more or less in front of me with the fireplace to my front and left.
There were a few people at the bar, with a couple of woman seated 8 or 12 feet to my right, and the young man 'James' seated on my immediate left. If I recall correctly 'James' and I were resting our drinks on the same small table. So we were seated very close. About 4 - 6 feet apart.
I have known 'James' by sight for some years, the women involved are strangers to me but would seem to be locals.
After I sat down in the chair described above, I started to read my newspaper.
Not long after, one of the women seated to my right started to make comments about how someone in the pub had been looking at her young daughter 'That way' (Whatever that means !)
This sort of comment was repeated in different ways by her while getting louder. I got the impression that it was meant for my ears, and I think that at one time I may have glanced to my right. I continued reading my newspaper and suddenly there was a loud 'Bum Boy' remark from 'James' on my left. One of the women said 'That’s Dan, the other woman said 'Yes but that’s' and did not finish her comment.
There was another loud 'Bum Boy' remark from 'James'
During this time I looked up at the bar once or twice and saw the staff member Amanda standing by the till looking on and wearing an expression of embarrassed concern on her face.
It was obvious to me that I had sat down in the middle of a verbal 'Ambush' I was being 'Baited' So I said nothing, got up out of my seat and left the pub by the exit in front of me leading to Portobello Road, stopping briefly to lean across the bar and drop my newspaper in the rubbish bin.
Nailing 'Dan' down to complain about this took a long time, it seems that he has no time to speak to staff or customers for weeks at a time ?
When I did manage to speak with him (Which was still well within the 28 days that all security camera images are retained on your computer hard drive) I told him what had happened.
'Dan' said he had told the woman who made remarks about her daughter to stop doing that.
Does this mean that she makes a habit of it ?
'Dan' stated that he could not stop youngsters coming into the pub and had tried ink stamping young people who have had their credentials checked for age etc. But could not do anything about drinks being bought for the increased number of under age people now using the Lonsdale due to the gate in the garden being open all the time when the pub was open. This gives direct access from Westbourne Grove without going through the bar. I said this could attract various unpleasant characters as in drug dealers and 'Pedos'
He seemed to agree with this and said that as far as the latter were concerned he and his staff watched peoples eyes to see where they were looking.
I would have thought that was impossible !
But his explanation did cause me to remember and tell of an incident some months ago when the weather was still cold, I can remember that I was still wearing a very heavy winter coat. I was sitting in the big lounge bar of the Lonsdale one evening and two or three girls one of which certainly looked too young to be in the pub, were repeatedly walking back and forth in front of me from one side of the room on my right to the middle and then back again. This got my attention and my gaze followed. As one of the girls sat down at a table near me to my right, I noticed a youth/young man at the table with a phone in his hand.
Was it a camera phone ? I wonder.
In this area anything is possible.
'Dan' also said that he found it hard to believe that 'James' had behaved in such a way, and had never seen any aggression in him. I agreed, and suggested that 'James' had been put up to it. I drew the comparison between certain groups in Iraq and elsewhere, using the vulnerable to plant or detonate bombs. Here in the UK left wing politics can be just as underhand. I explained that I am very upfront about what I am, but not so my political opposition.
I never take my politics into any pub, but here in Notting Hill, other peoples politics have often been allowed to follow me into the pub, and cause me problems.
My politics are slightly to the right of the Conservative party, and have been since just a few days after the 9/11 attack in the USA in 2001.
In your letter you say that 'Dan' said he found it hard to believe that 'James' would say such things.
So, does that mean that 'Dan' found it easy to think that I would just invent the whole situation ?
'Dan' should have taken the centre path, stopped avoiding me, and investigated.
I can't help wondering if 'Dan' knew what I was going to report well before I managed to nail him down and speak with him, and that is why he avoided me for as long as possible.
I wonder who would have told him before he spoke with me ?
However, the incident was reported well before the end of the 28 day period within which all photographic details of the recordings made by your security cameras are held on your computer hard drive.
This whole situation has a very familiar smell about it.
So for the time being, I will continue to give the Lonsdale a miss.
Thank you again for your time.
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