'Pink Slip' bar sued for allowing shooter on premises with gun

Kelly Holleran Aug. 23, 2010, 1:00am


A man blames a bar for allowing a patron with a gun, who later shot the man, to enter its premises.

Amos Blanchard filed a lawsuit Aug. 10 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Madison Garrett Sr., Medora Garrett and Garrett's Pink Slip Exotic Bar.

Blanchard claims he visited the bar located at 114 South St. in Brooklyn on Aug. 23, 2009, when an intoxicated Michael G. Mccallum Jr. shot him.

Despite metal detectors, Mccallum somehow slipped into the bar with the gun, proving Garrett's Pink Slip staff failed to properly maintain the metal detectors and failed to properly operate the metal detectors, according to the complaint.

Because of the incident, Blanchard sustained injuries; suffered pain, permanent disability and loss of a normal life; and incurred medical costs, the suit states. In addition, he lost wages, the complaint says.

He blames Garrett's Pink Slip and its owners for negligently failing to train the metal detector operators, for failing to properly supervise the operators, for failing to provide proper security, for permitting patrons to enter the premises with a gun and for allowing patrons to drink intoxicating beverages while carrying a gun.

In his three-count suit, Blanchard seeks a judgment of more than $150,000, plus costs.

B. Jay Dowling of Sterling and Dowling in Fairview Heights will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-407.

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