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November 12, 2008

Jersey City councilman Steven Lipski allegedly urinates on 9:30 Club crowd

steve lipskiWhen you gotta go, you gotta go, right?

Not if you're standing on the balcony of a nightclub during a concert. Jersey City councilman Steve Lipski (pictured) learned that lesson the hard way last Saturday at the 9:30 Club in Washington, according to the NY Daily News.  

Several news outlets are reporting that during a show by the Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra, Lipski relieved himself onto the crowd below him. He was arrested and charged with simple assault, Newsday reports.

Wow. I'll say that again: Wow.

I mean, how inebriated do you have to be when you say to yourself, 'Now would be a good time and place to relieve myself.'

Lipski won't elaborate on the incident, but has sworn to stop drinking. I sent an email to Seth Hurwitz asking him is this really happened, but he didn't email me back.  

David Malitz over at Post Rock makes a good point ...

Can you imagine being the victim? Having a few drops of beer or sweat dripped down on you is one thing. And granted, the crowd at a Grateful Dead tribute concert is probably not going to riot over something like this. But oh man if I were the victim, I would have turned into a tornado of teeth and nails.

Malitz, who sees a lot of shows at the club, is questioning where he stands when he goes there. I mean, from now on, I'm going to make sure I'm a few feet out of range from anyone standing on the balcony.

Thanks to MS reader Sarah for the tip.

(Photo from the official Jersey City Web site)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:59 AM | | Comments (20)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Local music, Random stuff


My buddy was at this concert and saw this fool peeing on some lady from the balcony so it's all true lol.

I'll say that again: Wow.

The guy made an error...leave him his photo is on websites and papers across the country and beyond.

if this had happened a week earlier, during the pre-election week drama, no one would ever hear about this.

I feel the pain of those he [urinated] on, but let's let the justice system do it's job and not make judgements on a guy who obviously is sick and has admitted to being an alcoholic who fell off the wagon....

oh this happened alright. accounts of this incident are all over grateful dead message boards.

an error is missing the game winning catch in the world series, or telling some girl you have a puppy at home when you don't. but, peeing on someone? if he's sick, it's still no excuse. if i'm sick and i vomit in a store, big whoop, what can i do. but it takes a lot than opening your mouth and going "bluuuah" to pee on someone.

it was wrong if in fact steve did [relieve himself]. the person that stated that he didn't know if it was pee or beer could not have been too sober himself ther is a large gap of degrees from [urine] to beer i normally [urinate] at 98.6 and drink beer at 38.6 i think i could feel the difference but the fact remains something happened there with i am sure everyone in their life has done something stupid we have politicians that have done far worst and we can remember many steve is a giving person he helps a lot of people and asks nothing in return but friendship there is agood saying in the movie the natural by glen close it goes something like this she states to robert refern we live two lives the one we make mistakes with and the life we have to live with so find it in your heart to give steve a brake

"it takes a lot than opening your mouth and going "bluuuah" to pee on someone."

Actually when you're on some medications, like for high blood pressure, it doesn't but if he was drinking and was buttoned in, he could of at least excused himself and gone in his refreshment cup, assuming he still was holding it. He would probably have to fend off charges of exposing himself, which all things considered, would be a lesser of a PR problem.

I wouldn't have of taken that particular hosing in good grace.

No surprise. Dark Star Orchestra has been [urinating] in the ears of concert goers for years now.

"I sent an email to Seth Hurwitz asking him is this really happened, but he didn't email me back." Maybe it was because he thought it was from a 5 year-old.


Here is the text of my email:


did this jersey city councilman really drop trou and relieve himself at 930 club?

if so, any comments?

Sam Sessa
The Baltimore Sun

Drunk men stagger, drunk men fall
Drunk men swear and that's not all
Quite often they will urinate outdoors

(and from balconies)

The person that was urinated upon could look up that lawyer that advertises on our local networks that defends the urinated upon. What is it that he says at the end of the commercial? Don't urinate upon me and tell me it's raining? hahaha

Jersey City politicians, at least this one isn't/hasn't been charged with some criminial wrong doing.
Or maybe I haven't heard about yet

I mean more typical things like kickbacks, favoritism in awarding contracts, etc.

I support Steve Lipski 100%. He is the principal of my son's school and he is very good to all of the kids there. He made a mistake...everyone does once in a while...give the guy a break will ya

rm, you are kidding, this guy ain't going to get a break on this. Unlucky him, for most people, this only thing he'll ever be known for.

;What the???Man, if I could say anything to this guy it would be..".you're innate" asinine character is from the inside out and your actions show you are truly a slob. Anyone in public office should take into consideration the public's safety...Shows what we have come to in politics...I hope you get off the booze and get "your innate" blundering life together.

he should get in touch with his inner child so he can kick it's a**.

"get in touch with his inner child so he can kick it's a**." sounds like a quote from an Eagles song.

Anyway, it sounds like his inner grown up needs to take control of his unruly inner child.

Well, at least the guy likes The Grateful Dead.

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