New York bar that allows patrons to destroy things isn’t safe, suit claims

She went to have a good time, but instead a Manhattan woman severed a tendon at a bar that lets patrons pay to destroy stuff in a “rage room”, according to a lawsuit.

Annaleigh Robbins-Sennewald, 25, says a visit to the Break Bar on Ninth Avenue in the Garment District left her bloodied and required surgery, and when she asked the manager for help, everything what she got was a bandage.

The TV costume coordinator had gone with friends for a birthday party at the bar, which encourages patrons to “smash” their glasses after spilling a few drinks.

The Break Bar also offers 30-minute sessions in a separate room it calls the Wrecking Club, where, for $169.99, everything from plates to old televisions can be wrecked with pliers and hammers.

The “rampage” session provides eight electronic devices and 30 “breakables” for the smash. The price includes “weapons and safety gear…so you can vent that rage and anger safely!” the bar’s ratings on its website.

“I had small heels, so they gave me protective boots and basically gardening gloves. Nothing protective,” the complainant claimed.

Annaleigh Robbins-Sennewald visited Break Bar to celebrate a birthday with her friends.
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Annaleigh Robbins-Sennewald remembers not feeling her tendon cut while drunk.
Annaleigh Robbins-Sennewald remembers not feeling her tendon cut while drunk.
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Editor Hana Alberts destroys stuff at the Wrecking Club in the city center on May 26, 2017.
Break Bar customers in the Garment District can destroy objects with pliers and hammers in 30 minutes.
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Robbins-Sennewald also wore a helmet early in the destruction derby, she said.

“Within the first 10 minutes, one of my friends threw up a drink and another one hit him with a crowbar, and the shard flew at me,” she recalled. “I raised my hand to protect myself, and it went through my protective glove and severed my tendon.”

Drunk, Robbins-Sennewald said the impact of the injury was not immediately clear to her, so she backed off for the remainder of the session.

The Break Bar encourages its customers to "smash" glasses after drinking.
The Break Bar encourages its customers to “break” the glasses after drinking.
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“It didn’t look good. I couldn’t move my finger,” she said, noting that the glove was filling with blood.

Upon leaving, Robbins-Sennewald says she asked an employee for a first aid kit, but “he brought me burn cream and a mosquito repellent wipe. … The director brought me a bandage.

She seeks unspecified damages and accuses the Break Bar of negligence in Manhattan Supreme Court documents.

Piper Mape, 17, right, and her sister, Berkley, 15, use sledgehammers to destroy a TV in a rage room at Smash RX LLC in Westlake Village, Calif., on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021.
Annaleigh Robbins-Sennewald claims the Break Bar only offered “protective boots and basically gardening gloves” as protection when destroying objects.
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“They weren’t prepared for anyone to come out of there with any kind of injury,” she said, adding “they gave me safety gear and that safety gear didn’t work. his work”.

She eventually underwent surgery to repair the severed tendon, which had affected her right ring finger, and underwent six months of physiotherapy.

“I really struggled the first few months,” she said.

Annaleigh Robbins-Sennewald claims a worker gave her
Annaleigh Robbins-Sennewald claims a worker gave her “back burn cream and a mosquito repellent wipe” to treat her bleeding wound.
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Annaleigh Robbins-Sennewald underwent physical therapy for six months after surgery on her severed tendon.
Annaleigh Robbins-Sennewald underwent physical therapy for six months after surgery on her severed tendon.
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In response to a request for comment, a Break Bar claims adjuster accused The Post of harassment and asked the newspaper to “cease and desist” from reporting on the lawsuit.

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