One fine Saturday evening in October, so many people wanted to get into the Draft, 34 Harvard Ave. in Allston, there was a line outside. A guy went up to another man who was with a group of women and asked them all for their IDs. He was carefully scrutinizing them when one of the bar's actual doorman spotted the action and rushed over to demand the guy give the people their IDs back.
And that might have been that, except, a police sergeant and the bar manager said today, the male patron never got his ID back.
At a hearing before the Boston Licensing Board this morning, the two said the guy denied holding the man's ID and started walking down Harvard Avenue. The man, from Connecticut, wanted his ID back and started following the guy - who eventually turned around and walked back to the Draft, where police caught up with him and found him to be "very evasive," a BPD sergeant told the board.
Bar manager Derek Brady said the guy was a would-be "jokester," who figured he might "find out who the girls were" by playing doorman. But while he was evasive with police, he did say he didn't have the man's ID.
Brady said the guy was booted from the bar and his name entered into the bar's actual ID-scanning system as "banned," so he won't be able to try his "joke" there again.
Brady added that, because of the incident, doormen have been instructed to keep people not about to enter or just leaving the bar away from the entrance - and even with that to make sure nobody's is harassing patrons.
The sergeant said the Connecticut man got a new license for $38 and didn't want to bother with pressing any charges.