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Georgetown Bro Bar Accused of Cutting Off Customer’s Finger

Frat stars, beware! The staff at Georgetown bro palace Smith Point severed a man's finger, if one of the bar's former patrons is to be believed.

The inadvertent Yakuza initiation of 40-something lawyer Robert S. Dyer happened on October 1, 2011, according to a lawsuit Dyer filed last week that accuses the bar of assault and battery. Smith Point didn't respond to requests for comment about the case.

Dyer, fresh from some parties around town, went to the Wisconsin Avenue NW bar before closing, his lawsuit says. With Smith Point about to close for the night, Dyer soon had to pay his bill. The bar requires a $30 minimum for credit card charges, according to Dyer's attorney, Jonathan C. Dailey, but Dyer had only bought $12 worth of drinks.

"You could order seven Coca-Colas—who wants to do that, right?" says Dailey. Instead, according to Dailey, Smith Point employees suggested that Dyer—who had already had six or seven drinks before coming to the bar, according to his lawsuit—meet the minimum by ordering three vodka shots, mixed together with Red Bull and poured into one glass. "The bartender(s) at close should have known that [Dyer] was not in a position to make a reasonable decision to continue to consume alcohol," Dyer's lawsuit reads. Apparently, Dyer was soon so intoxicated that, he alleges in the suit, Smith Point's employees tried to bounce him from the bar.

"They had to do it quickly, right," says Dailey, who insists his client wasn't belligerent. "It was getting close to closing time."

But at the bar's entrance, according to the lawsuit, Dyer stumbled. He grabbed at the bar's wooden door for support, but a Smith Point employee allegedly closed the door on Dyer's hand—cutting off his left pinky finger.

Dyer, apparently so deep in a vod-bomb haze that he didn't notice he was down a digit, was trying to get cab money from an ATM when a cop pointed out that he was bleeding all over Georgetown. By the time Dyer was in an ambulance, however, it was too late to reattach the finger, according to his lawyer.

Dyer and Dailey are seeking at least $500,000 for assault and battery from Smith Point, which is also facing an unrelated lawsuit from a former bouncer who says he was injured in a fight with a customer. But all the money that a juror could award won't restore Dyer's finger.

"He's got a little nub there at the bottom," says Dailey.

Update, Sept. 19, 10:40 a.m.: While Dyer lost his finger on September 31—a non-existent date—according to court papers, his lawyer says the incident occurred on October 1.

Severed finger picture by Shutterstock

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  • Sandra Day Bro’Conner

    You want a finger? I can get you a finger, believe me. There are ways, Dude. You don't wanna know about it, believe me. Hell, I can get you a finger by 3 o'clock this afternoon... with nail polish. These fucking amateurs...

  • Andrea

    I feel bad for the guy but his recollection can't be trusted if he was so wasted he didn't realize he was missing a finger.

  • JesseBinDC

    I heard bars aren't allowed to have credit card minimums...the credit card companies don't allow them. So, if bars didn't have this silly policy, we'd all be better off.

  • Typical DC BS

    Ah yes. Another instance of alcohol and idiocy.

  • Alicia

    Love the Big Lebowski reference, Sandra!

  • MelvinBelli

    Reads to me like a fast and clean settlement ~ bouncers using a door as a guillotine to cut off a patron ~ bad form.

  • yup

    "He's got a little nub there at the bottom"...

    ah, THAT's why he went to Smith Point.

  • Fan of Yup (FOY)

    That.Is.Hilarious, yup.

  • Jamie

    At the end of the day, a douchey drunk guy lost a finger, Smith Point could lose their lease, or both.

    Everyone wins.

  • Tim

    JesseBinDC: The credit card companies don't allow minimums above $10. So yes, Smith Point was in violation of its agreements with credit card companies.

    And just think ... if they had been in compliance with the agreements, none of this would have happened.

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  • Mony

    @JesseBinDC: Tim's right. Before Dodd-Frank, most credit card agreements didn't even allow bars/restos/stores to set CC minimums (only discounts for paying with cash were permitted), but Dodd-Frank required credit card co's to allow up to $10 minimums if merchant do desired.

  • tc411

    only Smith Point would have a $30 minimum on credit cards--another instance of flouting their douchebaggery

  • http://twitter.com/kerikaeindc Keri Kae

    I suppose the lawyers were finishing that triple vodka redbull while filing the suit. How else could someone lose their pinky finger on September 31st?

  • Mike6789

    The Gillette Torvik blog has a post about how the plaintiff appears to be a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association. Tort reform anyone?
    http://gillette-torvik.blogspot.com/2012/09/how-do-you-not-notice-your-pinkie.html

  • http://n/a Nubclub7581

    You never miss just one, heh??? Try missaing four of them puppys. That's a total blast. I did it!! all four up th the first knuckle. The hardest part w/o a doubt is buttoning your shirt sleeve. Everything comes back to you after the first couple of years, xcept that goddamed sleeve button. Women love it!!! When you don't have fingernails, mmmmmmmm. You'll be able to tell when it's gonna rain, a week before. I'll just let you use your imagination from there.

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