How a Farting Drummer Cost a DC Bar $500
It has to do with an open window
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2015 5:14 PM CDT
Updated Jun 27, 2015 2:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – What to do when you let rip a fart so noxious you're afraid it might offend patrons of the blues bar at which you're performing? If you're in Washington, DC, and it's after 12:30am, the answer is not "open a window." But that's what a farting drummer did last year while his band was performing at Madam's Organ Blues Bar, and the move has now cost the bar $500, the Borderstan blog reports. The fine was imposed last week per an order of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, though the bar may appeal.

A 2008 settlement agreement dictates that "the doors and windows of the establishment will remain closed from 12:30am until closing when live music is being played," but on June 22, 2014, the report states, an inspector noticed that a live band was playing "directly in front of one of the establishment’s ground floor windows" while said window was open. "He opened the window to let [a] fart out,” says the owner of the bar. “He cracked it open for five minutes, then the inspector showed up. Twenty f---ing years with not one violation and this is what they came up with. People get stabbed and shot in these other establishments. In ours, someone farts and cracks a window and they spend a year on it."