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Bouncer gets sued for slugging a guy, decides to start ‘how not to get sued’ company

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Demetreus Sanders wants bars, clubs and various other Tampa Bay establishments to use his company to lower insurance rates and avoid “unnecessary lawsuits.”

Neat.

Except Demetreus Sanders is being sued for slugging a guy in a pizza joint while he was working there as a bouncer.

So, when his website says he uses his “extensive knowledge, experience and training” to “come up with a formula for providing professional hospitality and security services for safe entertainment environments,” he sure does mean it!

What better way to help businesses avoid lawsuits than by being the defendant in one? Brilliant.

The lawsuit, filed by Sanders’ victim Matthew Suggs, stems from a 2013 incident in which Sanders reportedly punched Suggs and hit him in the face with his baton as Suggs and his friends were leaving the restaurant. The lawsuit states the attack was “without justification or provocation.”

Sanders was arrested for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and later pled “no contest” on two counts of misdemeanor affray. That’s the term Florida uses to describe a public fight or brawl.

He was sentenced to 12 months of probation.

Suggs is currently seeking damages from both Sanders and the Temple Terrace pizza restaurant, CBD’s. There has not, however, been a lawsuit filed against Sanders’ alleged employer at the time. According to arrest documents, that was “Triple A Security.” It appears that company may not exist, though there is a AAA Security in Brandon.

It was several months later when Sanders and a partner, 47-year-old Eileen Lymus-Sanders, formed Bay Area Nightlife Staffing. Shortly after that, Sanders registered the domain name BayAreaNightlifeStaffing.com.

The website touts its service as a valuable tool to “save our clients up to 15 percent on insurance rates.” They use “fully trained, fully insured and licensed guards” and “specialize in private protection and securing our client and their establishments.”

There’s a problem with that though – Sanders’ security officer license is “subject to review” and another application for a gun license was denied. It’s unclear why the firearm license was denied, but it’s likely his charge for fighting has something to do with the hold on his security license.

The website claims it has powerful and famous clients like Hulk Hogan and Playboy Playmates. The website boasts a photo of Sanders with Hulk Hogan and a woman who looks kind of like Madonna.

Licensed or not, Sanders does look like a good force to scare off the hooligans. His arms are about the size of an oak tree.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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