Extremely Drunk 21-Year-Old Arrested at Fort Worth's Redneck Heaven for Acting Like One Would Expect

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If you're in Fort Worth and you head down Loop 820 until you're just about in North Richland Hills, you'll find a little place called Redneck Heaven. The name is a self-conscious, somewhat tongue-in-cheek reappropriation of a term often used to disparage white Southerners -- on the bar's website, you'll find pictures of a Redneck Birthday Cake (candles stuffed into a dozen cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon) and an advertisement for a drink called a Minnow Bomb -- but it also seems to be a pretty accurate description of the place.

Take last night, when four Fort Worth police officers were dispatched to the bar just after 11 p.m. There, at a table along the building's north side, they made contact with a 21-year-old man clad in a black shirt, jeans and cowboy boots. His name was Matthew Menard, and he was "extremely intoxicated," according to a police report.

At issue was Menard's $31.23 bar tab, which he was refusing to pay, not to mention the stuff -- bottles and the like -- he had been hurling from his table.

One of the officers told Menard that he was under arrest and ordered him to stand up. Menard refused and shrugged off one officer who tried to grab his arm, prompting a minor struggle as two officers wrestled Menard to the ground.

They had only managed to get one wrist cuffed when the officers became worried by the other customers who were beginning to circle around, particularly the two who were cursing and yelling loudly at police while inching ever-closer. To bring things to a quick resolution, and to avoid getting clocked by the dangling steel handcuff he worried Menard might swing, mace-like, at his head, one of the officers pulled out his Taser, put it in "stun" mode, and applied it to Menard's lower back.

With that, Menard's other wrist was cuffed and he was led out of the bar, but he was no more cooperative, repeatedly kicking at the officers with his cowboy boots. He kept doing so when they tried to put him in leg restraints, so one of the officers -- the same one who had used the Taser -- dosed Menard pepper spray. Menard continued to struggle, prompting a second spritz.

Menard was taken to the Fort Worth City Jail on charges of resisting arrest, theft of service, and public intoxication.


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20 comments
MatthewMenard1
MatthewMenard1

Matthew Menard went to my high school and was in my graduating class. He graduated from Northwest High School in 2010. I never thought I'd be reading an article about him. Such a damn shame.

chairisto
chairisto

Maybe it's not so tongue in cheek for some patrons.

_mm_
_mm_

Right on the sign out front, it says one of the features of Redneck Heaven is "mischief".  And now they have to Taze and pepper spray a brother? 

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

Although the burgers aren't good and most of the waitresses wouldn't be qualified to wash dishes at a Hooters..this dude was out of line.

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

Why exactly are Redneck Heaven waitresses required to dress like they're going to a rave 15 years ago?  My head hurts. 

O_Shagnasty
O_Shagnasty

@budkennedy Please keep us abreast of the situation. :)

Joshonthareal
Joshonthareal

@Dallas_Observer this article was worthless.

PseudoNic
PseudoNic

@rebelliousjess Crazy shit, huh?

JustSaying
JustSaying

@Anna_Merlan Their standard uniform is blue jean shorts and cowboy boots. That pic must have been taken at one of their theme days. ALL the breastaurants not named Hooters have various theme days or weeks where the waitresses wear a skimpy outfit that matches the theme. Thats why Hooters used to be considered risque but is now seen as antiquated and family friendly.

Full disclosure - I have had the occasional 2 dollar draft at Redneck Heaven on bikini monday. I may or may not have partaken in a few half priced happy hour appetizers as well.

schutzenaivewhitegui
schutzenaivewhitegui

@Anna_Merlan You seem like the kind of "progressive" open-minded bitch who is not snobby at all and is a total hoot at parties. Don't look at the DO photo slide shows on the right of this very page if you don't want to see hot chicks in sexy raver outfits. Let me guess, at all your parties you whine about your vagina problems and sit around deploring your "Unearned White Privilege".

leftocenter
leftocenter

Dude...it's New Year's Eve...I think a cautionary tale about how badly a bender can turn out is a pubic service!

rebelliousjess
rebelliousjess

@PseudoNic yep! Bet that crap happens more in dfw than Ab!

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

@schutzenaivewhitegui 

Step 1: Change your name back to "observerislibtards." (I won't stop asking. It was my fucking favorite, for real.)

Step 2: Explain why ladies who work at a "redneck"-themed bar are dressed like ravers. The management is clearly mixing genres. Shouldn't they be wearing cutoff denim shorts and teeny tiny plaid shirts or some shit? Am I wrong here?  

Step 3: White Privilege Vagina Problem Party is my new funk-metal band. HOW DID YOU KNOW? 

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@Anna_Merlan To be fair, if it was really red-neck heaven, them chicks would be wearin' squirrel fur bikinis.

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