It was a Friday afternoon when two young men, both men in their 20s, walked into a small beach bar in Long Beach, New York.
The bar was closed.
The two men were dressed in black and white, the same shade of black as the city’s neon-lit street signs and billboards.
Theirs was a sign that read: NO BATH, NO BOUGHT.
The men had entered the establishment with a fake ID, and as the bar patrons waited, one of the men handed the other a towel and then sat down.
The other, however, stood up straight in front of the two men, with his arms crossed.
He walked back to the bar, removed his towel, and took a towel from a man on the counter.
The man in the towel handed the towel to the man in black, and both men began to wash themselves in the bathroom.
Then they took a couple of bath towels and placed them on the bar counter and headed toward the sink.
The black man returned to the counter, handed the towels to the towel-wearing men, and left the bar.
As the two walked out of the bar to the bathroom, the bar manager called the police.
The police officer then followed them out of Long Beach and told them to turn around.
But instead of turning around, they walked back inside.
The next morning, they were arrested, charged with criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.
The Long Beach Police Department identified the men as the owner and his brother.
The Long Beach City Attorney’s Office filed a criminal trespass case against them, and they were booked into the New York State Correctional Facility.
A police report said that the brothers were released on $250 bail.
After the arrest, a judge ordered the bar owner to pay the men $2,000 in restitution to cover the costs of their jail stays.
In addition to the two arrested men, the Long Beach city attorney’s office also filed a civil lawsuit against the bar owners.
The complaint stated that the bar was negligent and did not provide sufficient safety measures and was a hazard to both the patrons and staff.
The lawsuit claimed that the city and the bar failed to implement a program to prevent the bar from becoming a hazardous environment for patrons and employees.
The lawsuit also said that both the bar and the owner were negligent in failing to make a list of prohibited items in the bar’s bathrooms.
The defendants were ordered to pay a $250 penalty.