I’ve left a fair number of shows at Chicago’s House of Blues after hassles from security guards ruined my night. I’ve been turned away from shows before I could even get in, based on rules that seem to vary wildly from night to night and guard to guard (at Santogold last September women were being let in with bags but men weren’t). Having wasted more than enough time in transit to and from shows I ended up missing while dealing with security, a lot of times I don’t bother making the trip.

But at least I’ve never been physically assaulted by one of the guards (video).