Cheney's secret service cache take the night off in San Diego ...
March 4, 2002 9:26 AM   Subscribe

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Saturday that an agent bit off the tip of a man's ear in a fight outside the Daley Double bar.

When did Mike Tyson join the Secret Service?
posted by suprfli at 9:40 AM on March 4, 2002

suprfli, wouldn't that be the Thecret Thervith?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:54 AM on March 4, 2002

So now we know why they were shopping for skateboard apparel in Park City, when they mislaid Cheney's itinerary.
posted by liam at 10:08 AM on March 4, 2002

Looks like they hit on some girl in a bar, her friends jumped them in the parking lot, and there was a good old fight. The Secret Service agents — all presumably armed — didn't let things get out of hand, and got out of there as quickly as possible once things got ugly.

The agents didn't "take the night off," they were off-duty and had been for three hours. It's all right if they go out together after work, isn't it?

Note to magullo: capitalize "Secret Service"; look up "cache" which doesn't mean what you think it does.
posted by nicwolff at 10:11 AM on March 4, 2002

i agree the writeup makes it sound worse than it is, i think they handled it ok, but remind me again why they are armed when off duty? that seems weird, i don't carry a microscope with me when i go clubbing... (and it's hard to kill someone with that anyway)
posted by rhyax at 10:17 AM on March 4, 2002

In general, law-enforcement officers go armed off duty on the principle that if there's a robbery and someone who knows them yells "Bob, you're a cop, do something" they're dead meat if they're not armed.

Obviously, this principle conflicts with their right as private citizens while off-duty to get fucked up in bars and hit on the local chicks. There's a compromise principle taught to every law-enforcement officer, which they call "higher standard of care": they're not allowed to start a fight, and if one starts anyway they're not allowed to escalate it by drawing or showing their guns.

Sounds like these agents followed that rule.
posted by nicwolff at 10:26 AM on March 4, 2002

Shannon Larson, 24, told the newspaper three agents made "rude comments" to her in the bar. After it closed, one of the agents invited her to a hot-tub party, an offer Larson said she declined.

Who still has hot tub parties? I thought that went out with conversation pits and key swapping.
posted by haqspan at 10:58 AM on March 4, 2002

I hear hot tub parties are very hip on the Thecrit Thervith thircuit.
posted by luriete at 11:25 AM on March 4, 2002

Cheney has way more trouble than just his bad ticker, if his Secret Service fellas can't handle a bunch of local sufers.

No wonder he was in hiding from 9/11-11/11.
posted by tsarfan at 11:35 AM on March 4, 2002

Cheney doesn't need no Secret Service agents. His nasty scowl scares even the nastiest of thugs away.
posted by gyc at 11:52 AM on March 4, 2002

Magullo, could you clarify what a secret service cache is? Did you possibly mean cadre?
posted by Lynsey at 12:38 PM on March 4, 2002

(or attache)

At any rate, this would seem like just so many sour grapes, were it not for the SS losing Cheney's itinerary _and_ getting in another scuffle down in Provo -- both during the last three weeks.

I mean... what, they come out west and lose all sense of decorum?
posted by silusGROK at 12:51 PM on March 4, 2002

wheww... just think if the Agents had been drinking...
posted by clavdivs at 12:54 PM on March 4, 2002

As a surfer I resent that remark. Be at Sunset Cliffs 4 pm. Shortboards and no leashes:)
posted by keithl at 1:55 PM on March 4, 2002

As a surfer originally from Encinitas (though I wouldnt be caught dead at the Double Daley) I also resent that remark. Be at Swami's at 6 pm.
posted by vacapinta at 5:01 PM on March 4, 2002

i think they handled it ok, but remind me again why they are armed

It wasn't the guns! One of the agents bit a piece of another guy's ear off! I don't think the victim of that was impressed with how ok they handled it...
posted by Zurishaddai at 8:14 PM on March 4, 2002

I meant cadre or attache and I guess should keep my hands off the keyboard on those special Mondays when I've slept less than 3 hours the previous night. Sorry about that.
posted by magullo at 1:27 AM on March 5, 2002

Luriete: That was funny!
posted by magullo at 1:29 AM on March 5, 2002

Security plans left in a store, getting in bar brawls... omigod, surely it means that the Vice-President is expendable!... :-)
posted by clevershark at 8:57 PM on March 5, 2002

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