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What is happening to Clarendon?
  • MissKittenCat February 4, 2014 - 11:06 am #98414 Reply

    I think that kind of “stuff” was kind of to be planned. To have young people who don’t dare venture off into DC late at night to act a fool in safer Arlington. Clarendon Ballroom is still open??


    Rick February 4, 2014 - 7:17 pm #98464 Reply

    As someone in their 20′s (or what’s left of them), Mr. Days is a nightmare. Affectionately known as Mr. Dudes, I tend to avoid it for silly rules like no baseball caps and the guaranteed nightly fight in the main bar. Everyone behaves themselves in Hard Times until closing time though, and it’s the only place with an open kitchen. I refuse to go to Mad Rose because it’s a guaranteed headache and I spend more time worried about being pickpocketed than I do relaxing, which is why I go out in the first place.

    Swag February 4, 2014 - 8:40 pm #98465 Reply

    Mister Days is great on Sundays for football, but anyone who goes there any other time is out of their damn mind. Wish they’d stick to being a sports bar.

    ahum February 4, 2014 - 8:41 pm #98466 Reply

    what goes on? I haven’t been in several years, but I would go on odd weeknight to get the nachos. Is that south african guy still there?

    ipitythefool February 5, 2014 - 10:17 am #98490 Reply

    Rick, do you think pickpocketing is a problem at Mad Rose (or other Arlington establishments)? I did lose an iPod mini at Mad Rose once but I legitimately think I dropped it and it probably got kicked around or something. Not necessarily pick pocketed.

    I have though seen a steady increase in stolen credit card numbers around Arlington within my group of friends. Statistically most credit cards numbers are stolen at gas stations but I think here it might be attributed to some servers and bartenders who are looking to score some extra bucks on the side. You can’t name Arlington as one of the richest counties in the US without expecting it to be a target for financial crime.

    Personally, I have a short list of restaurants that I think are big for stealing credit card information but it’s such a hard thing to prove. I’m not sure if the police would even bother investigating it.

    newty25 February 5, 2014 - 2:15 pm #98568 Reply

    I would like to know the same about Mad Rose. I have friends that frequent that place but I really don’t like the vibe there.

    A-Town is notorious for stealing credit cards. Very notorious. Be very careful in there if you go. It’s happened to me and several of my friends and the practice was confirmed to me by one of the bartenders that claimed to have knowledge but that wasn’t involved. She eventually left for other reasons.

    ahum February 5, 2014 - 4:58 pm #98622 Reply

    I’d be careful about making claims like that unless you can absolutely prove it true, and then even, it’s risky. You heard about the yelp case, right?

    Rick February 5, 2014 - 6:16 pm #98623 Reply

    @ipitythefool It’s never happened to me, but I visit very infrequently and I don’t stay very long. I always pay cash in there (not out of fear, because I want to get the hell out in a hurry if I want to), and I’ve never really had a good time in there. It’s always nuts to butts (scientific term) in there and the music is too loud even for me. It wouldn’t surprise me if the crime rate was higher in any other bar up and down Wilson, but it’s the one I feel least comfortable in all-around.

    newty25 February 6, 2014 - 11:12 am #98655 Reply

    Yeah… I suppose you’re correct. They were overcharging CCs… including mine and several other people I know. Stealing CCs may have been a bit of a stretch.

    I did hear something about a yelp case… but I heard nothing came of it.

    ahum February 6, 2014 - 11:18 am #98656 Reply

    Actually if I’m thinking of the right case, both parties were found to have defamed each other. Not sure how that worked out for damages, whether they cancelled each other out. But being sued is never fun and it costs money to defend yourself

    ipitythefool February 6, 2014 - 11:35 am #98657 Reply

    Yeah, I’m being careful about naming specific bars/restaurants because of that reason. The only reason I’ve suspected certain bars is because I only use one credit card when I go out and do not use the same one for online transactions or paying at the gas station. This card number (not the physical card) has been stolen and used at pharmacies in Ohio and Florida usually within 24 hours of going to a bar. I’m imagining that they are using the stolen cards to purchase large amounts of sudafedrin from these pharmacies to make meth. At least that’s what the credit card rep was telling me. Just a good idea to be safe I guess.

    ahum February 6, 2014 - 11:39 am #98658 Reply

    HOw did you find out? Did your CC contact you? Or did you just see it on the bill?

    ipitythefool February 6, 2014 - 11:55 am #98663 Reply

    The credit card company contacted me with a suspected fraudulent charge. Luckily they’re pretty good at catching this stuff otherwise I would have a couple hundred dollars worth of charges to contest. It’s always a pain when this happens too because they end up sending me another card and I have to wait about 2 weeks for it to arrive.

    ahum February 6, 2014 - 12:32 pm #98670 Reply

    I was having dinner with some friends a couple weeks ago and he got a text message or email (forgot which) from what purported to be one of his CCs, saying that someone had spent $200 at a mcdonalds in another state. It seemed kinda fishy as they don’t usually list specific establishments, or a dollar amount, but he later confirmed it as being valid..

    How do you spend $200 a mcdonalds? Did a tourgroup steal a credit card?

    newty25 February 6, 2014 - 1:12 pm #98672 Reply

    Loads of Big Macs.

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