A man was stabbed this past Thursday at Ithaca’s Level B bar, otherwise known as the place Cornell students go to drink $18 fishbowls every Wednesday night. The Ithaca police who encountered the victim reported that he was “stabbed in the torso area,” and was brought to a regional trauma center. There was no information shared on whether the victim — or the suspect, for that matter — is a University affiliate.
Man, isn’t it just the coolest when a notable performer comes to play at your school and then sticks around to party with the students afterwards? (Also, objectively, a little bit weird, but fucking rockstars, dood!)
Well, Cornell played host to rapper B.o.B. on
Sunday Saturday night, and afterwards he and his entourage headed straight for Level B, a basement-level Collegetown bar most famous for its wide selection of plastic zoo animals. The crew racked up a $1,060 tab, most of it spent on Grey Goose vodka, and then ditched the joint before paying the bill.
The Cornell Sun’s Jeff Stein reports:
Level B owner Brad Weiss said that B.o.B. and his coterie of about 12 people ordered three bottles of $300 Grey Goose Vodka, received a complimentary bottle of champagne and were given priority service at their reserved bar space. But later in the night, the group left without paying its bill, which would have included $160 in gratuity, according to Anthony Vipond ’07, B.o.B.’s principal waiter on Saturday.
Vipond said that, bill in hand, he chased B.o.B. and his entourage onto the street, hoping to receive compensation for the hour-and-a-half he spent serving the group.
“[B.o.B.’s manager] said, ‘We’re doing you a favor for not charging you … When we go to clubs, we get paid to come,’” Vipond said.
The bar’s owner decided not to pursue legal action against B.o.B., and said it wasn’t his wallet that hurt, but his pride. Which, OK, sure. But how much more interesting would this story be with cops and/or lawyers involved. Alas, the road not taken.
Seriously, though. What is going on with the Cornell bar scene?