Pepper Sprayed

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Gazwolf321, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. Gazwolf321


    Jan 8, 2013
    Was gigging a few months ago in a venue in Dublin and around the last 2 songs I started coughing heavily, eyes watering and I literally had to stop playing to take some water.

    I then noticed that some people at the bar were coughing and I glanced at the rest of the band whose eyes were raw and were also coughing profusely.

    Imminently the venue was temporarily evacuated & everyone had to stand outside in the rain!!

    It transpired that the security had asked a young lad to leave & he wasn't too pleased about this fact and he had proceeded to run away from security while spraying pepper spray around the entire venue.

    Thankfully we were nearly finished so it didn't really affect the gig but the itching in the throat lasted for hours afterwards!!!
  2. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Albuquerque, NM
    I've been on both sides of pepper spray. It definitely does its job well.

    I hope it cleared up for all of you by the next day.
  3. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Yeah, me too. I'm retired law enforcement, and we had to be sprayed with it before we could carry it. My argument was, "Well, we carry guns, but we didn't have to be shot in order to carry it!" But my logic fell on deaf ears. ;) Actually, I've been pepper-sprayed multiple times during training. Not fun, but it IS pretty effective.
  4. funkingroovin

    funkingroovin Conquering A-D-D,and all the other notes as well!

    Apr 19, 2009
    I hope you were lucky enough to retire before the TASER...Lightening-bolt fish hooks? I think I would rather have been winged by the 9..
  5. i'd press assault charges.
  6. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    :D Fortunately, I never had to get tazed...
  7. Been sprayed and tazered... (contacts only, no hooks!). All part of the training. OC foam works way better in crowded conditions. No so much cross contamination.
  8. I volunteered to get pepper sprayed before. That crap isn't fun at all!
  9. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Happened to us at an outdoor show one time. The crowd up front got a little bit too rowdy and the cops tried to calm them down. When that didn't work, they sprayed the front row. I didn't get any of it but the singer and the horn section got it pretty bad due to the wind. You should have seen our sax player tearing those cops a new butt hole back stage. They looked scared to death. I really though he was going to punch one of them (and they kind of deserved it too). Pepper spray into the wind? What a bunch of dopes.
  10. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    In the Marines, we had to sing the Marine Corps Hymn in a room filled with CN tear gas. It can be tolerated, but several people panicked and flipped out. You can breathe in, but you can't breathe out. It burns the mucus membranes and is a strong skin irritant. We had to run a mile immediately after leaving the gas chamber, which actually served to blow the remaining volatiles off. There was a lot of snot and puke on the ground, though.
  11. Done both for LE training. Ugh. Can't decide which was worse. Full ride for the Taser - 5 seconds; for OC, we were told to, on signal, turn and run and try to tag the instructor. I took the spray full in the face. I *did* tag the instructor....

    The OC stays with you for a while, even when you get to hose it off right away. I DO NOT like electric shock. The Taser really REALLY sucked. At least when it is done, it's done, but you really don't feel like bouncing right back up and resuming the fight.

    Of course, YMMV. I don't recommend either.
  12. That's the idea of the training. It can be beaten, you can function. It sucks, but you can do it.
  13. Exactly. Oh, I carried on. And it did suck.
  14. Johnny585


    Jun 13, 2013
    Western NY
    I used to watch the Police recruits go through this and would tell their instructors "We teach our recruits to fight fires, but we don't make them roll around in hot coals." I got a similar response.
  15. etoncrow

    etoncrow (aka Greg Harman, the Mad Hatter Gold Supporting Member

    tear gassed twice and pepper gassed once back in the late 60's. None was as bad as 180 Inferno peppers cut into rings fried in olive oil, garlic, salt, black pepper and oregano. All the windows and doors were open and it still put me on the floor hacking trying to catch my breath.
  16. Pepper spray?!? That sounds delicious!
  17. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    anyone spray it onto their scrambled eggs like homer simpson?

  18. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    Makes you wonder if threatening to wip out your kenny [G]ore-lick repertoire would calm them or enrage them further.
  19. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    Valium flavored gatorade spray is the answer!:D

    and a free pillow.:D
  20. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Not on the eggs. But kind of a similar story. We were back at the hotel one night drinking a beer after having been sprayed again as part of our training. One guy said, "Man, that was pretty rough."

    I told them, "Well, to show you what kind of man I am, when I got back to my room I sprayed it on my genitals just for fun... ;)