A Calgary couple claims they were beaten up by several bouncers outside a downtown bar last week.
"I'm 120 pounds. I could have easily been restrained," Laura Rumboldt told CBC News, adding that she and husband Patrick Tomren were punched and kicked by five bouncers at the Mile One Urban Tavern last Friday.
"I just don't understand where that line is … they took it way too far."
Rumboldt had gone outside and tried to re-enter the bar, which is against bar policy, when the incident allegedly happened.
"Tell me to leave, that's one thing. Throw me out so I physically have to pick myself up off the ground, that's another thing," she said, showing cuts and bruises on her arms.
Tomren, who sports his own bruises and scrapes, said he just wanted to stop the bouncers from hitting his wife.
"My big concern was stopping them from hitting her, so I ran to grab her. All I was trying to do was get to her. They were pushing and kicking me and punching me. Some huge guy punched me in the head," he said.
"I've never experienced anything like that in my life. I'm not a city person … I don't know if that's common in the city."
Bar owner Ramsay Haymour said that his staff has told him a different version of events, saying Rumboldt became "belligerent and physical towards our door staff trying to physically get in."
"That's when she was physically moved outside," he said. When asked about Rumboldt's allegations that more than one bouncer kicked her and punched her, Haymour said, "As far as I know, that wasn't the case."
He said his door staff have given statements to police and are co-operating with the investigation. Officers said there was alcohol involved and they have heard different accounts of what transpired.
The couple said they plan to sue the bar and bouncers. They also said they would like to see the rules regarding in-house security toughened.
The province has moved to do so, with a new training program under the Alcohol and Gaming Commission that will require bouncers and security staff to complete six hours of classroom instruction.
Minister of Public Security Fred Lindsay said he believes six hours of instruction is a good place to start.
"We're going to monitor the program and if we think they need additional training, we'll look at it later on," he said. "It's six hours more than they have right now."
This summer, Ontario will become the first province to license bouncers and other in-house security staff. The new legislation will require staff to register, have clean criminal records and receive 40 hours of classroom instruction on subjects such as basic security procedures and sensitivity training.