Have the Hells Angels lost their street cred? That's the inference in a NY Post article about the club's attempt to keep pesky New York tourists from sitting on a bench in front of their East 3rd Street clubhouse.
In times past, the club would probably employed an iron fist, or at the threat of an ass kicking to keep tourists from a nearby hotel from lounging around on its wooden bench a few feet from the entrance to the inner sanctum.
Today they're using something that resembles an automobile anti-theft device to discourage would be lazy loungers.
The hotel's manager Mario Cornejo says, "we have a very good relationship with the Hells Angels, and we want to do everything we possibly can to keep it that way." The hotel has even gone so far as to put a sign in their lobby asking guests to avoid the bench.