Real Life Combat: Bouncer Saved by Credit Cards

A wallet stuffed with 20 plastic cards and a stroke of luck saved a pub doorman in western Germany from serious injury during a knife attack.

A customer ejected from the pub in the city of Witten on Sunday stabbed its 31-year-old doorman four times in the chest with a knife, police said. But a fat wallet in the bouncer’s breast pocket stopped the blade from piercing his body.

“The wallet and cards acted as a protective vest and prevented a more serious incident,” chief inspector Volker Schuette told Reuters without naming the bouncer or attacker.

“Everyone at the police station checked their wallets and no one had 20 plastic cards,” he said, adding that the doorman’s wallet had a plethora of cards for video rental stores along with credit and bank cards.

Schuette said that a wallet with fewer cards in it would not have been enough protection against the attack and that lady luck had also been smiling on the doorman that day.

“He said that he usually doesn’t carry his wallet with him when he works.” 

Stainless Steel Wallets

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; editing by Paul Casciato – Reuters 2010)

This article reminds me of stainless steel wallets. Might they have some protective abilities? At the very least they stop people from remotely scanning your cards with RFID.

This story also echoes my previous post concerning the “Back with Reinforcements” syndrome. So you’re a 22 year old grandmaster of the world’s deadliest art, and streetfighting veteran, moonlighting as a bouncer. You’ve just obliterated some punk.

Another victory? Look out!

Even when you “win” the fight may not be over. Observe how this guy was kicked out, only to come back with reinforcements, this time with a knife. If that is you, ejecting the drunk from the party, the disruptive guy from church, the hot-headed employee from the workplace, etc., expect him to come back with reinforcements.

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6 Responses to “Real Life Combat: Bouncer Saved by Credit Cards”

  1. The stainless steel wallets are made from a woven material and not solid metal, I’d be concerned that a woven material would not provide enough resistance to a stab as it was not designed to do so. I have worked with a fellow who had steel plates stitched into a leather trench coat; the plates were over vital area: kidneys, heart, etc.

    The idea of a steel wallet should merely be seen as a freak occurrence and not something to be relied upon.

    You are spot on about losing after you win; this is even more important for bouncers and security guards because you will be in the same place often at the same time day after day after day, this makes it much easer for the person to get their revenge on you. Best to keep it civil and use your verbal skills as much as you can.

  2. That story reminds me of the old urban legend type tales of bullets hitting some grunt in his St. Christopher’s medal during a firefight in Vietnam.

  3. James,

    I wasn’t envisioning the steel wallet as making a person bulletproof, but as long as you’re buying a wallet, why not get one with an extra measure of protection? (If it does offer any protection.) I was looking at the company’s breast pocket wallets.

    And if I were a bouncer, I’d look into some serious armor like the steel plates you mention.

    Tommy has hit on something, that as freakish or impossible as it may seem, people have been saved by wallets, badges, flasks, and so on. I wouldn’t want to bet my life on it, but is it possible to up the odds?

  4. Many years back I saw an ad for a chainmail undershirt. I thought WTF?? But the company claimed that it would stop a bullet from a .38 special at close range because there were several layers front and back. It was mde of steel, I think, as this was around 20 years ago. It was designed to be worn under a loose shirt, sweatshirt, or jacket. Obviously it wwould offer good protection from an edged weapon as well. My braindamage with body armour has always been that it is worthless against a knife. what about making a chain-mail design out of some new age material? Might that offer superior protection? Quick, let me copyright my idea!

  5. You don’t need to go back 20 years, you can get knife resistant vests now and sometimes both knife and bullet resistance in the same vest. This is achieved by the use of what amounts to modern day plate mail. This would be the best option with the downsides of weight and lack of breathability.

    I’ve known sci-fi guys to make armor out of blue barrels, the kind with 3/8″ thick walls that you would need an electrical saw or hack saw at the least. It is not something I have tested but is something I handled and to be quite hard with a bonus of a natural curve.

  6. Coming back with reinforcements….Man oh Man is this spitting truth or what. And here in the states those reinforcements may be packing lead. Gone are the days of settling something with a dust up. Now it comes down to immediate reprisal with weaponry in a quick and nasty fashion. Keep that in your mind when and if it goes down.

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