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NYC bar where guests can destroy stuff is not safe, suit says

NYC bar where guests can destroy stuff is not safe, suit says
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She had a great time, but instead a Manhattan woman severed a tendon at a bar where patrons can 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 she needed surgery, and when she asked the manager for help she was only given a band-aid.

The TV’s costume coordinator had gone to the bar with friends for a birthday party, which encourages customers to “smash” their glasses after throwing back a few drinks.

The Break Bar also offers 30-minute sessions in a separate room called the Wrecking Club, where everything from dinner plates to old TVs is available to wreck with crowbars and hammers for $169.99.

The “Rampage” session features eight electronics and 30 “breakables” to smash. Price includes “Guns & Safety Gear… so you can let that rage and fury out safely!” the bar states on its website.

“I was wearing tiny heels so they gave me protective boots and basically gardening gloves. Nothing worth protecting,” the plaintiff claimed.

Annaleigh Robbins-Sennewald visited the Break Bar to celebrate a birthday with her friends.
Annaleigh Robbins-Sennewald visited the Break Bar to celebrate a birthday with her friends.
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Annaleigh Robbins-Sennewald recalled not feeling her severed tendon while drunk.
Annaleigh Robbins-Sennewald recalled not feeling her severed tendon while drunk.
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Post editor Hana Alberts destroys some stuff at the Wrecking Club in Midtown on May 26, 2017.
Visitors to the Break Bar in the Garment District can smash items with crowbars and hammers in 30-minute sessions.
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Robbins-Sennewald was also wearing a helmet when the demolition derby began, she said.

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

Intoxicated, Robbins-Sennewald said she didn’t immediately realize the ramifications of the injury, so she held back for the remainder of practice.

The Break Bar encourages its guests to do so "smash" glasses after drinking.
The Break Bar encourages patrons to “smash” glasses after drinking.
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“It didn’t look right. I couldn’t move my finger,” she said, noticing the glove filling with blood.

When it was time to leave, Robbins-Sennewald said she asked a staff member for a first-aid kit, but “he brought me burn cream and a mosquito bite wipe. … The manager brought me a plaster.”

She is seeking unspecified damages and accusing the break bar of negligence in Manhattan Supreme Court papers.

Piper Mape, 17, right, and Sister Berkley, 15, use sledgehammers to demolish a television in a rage room at Smash RX LLC in Westlake Village, Calif. on Friday, February 2.  5, 2021.
Annaleigh Robbins-Sennewald claims the Break Bar only offers “protective boots and basically gardening gloves” for protection when destroying objects.
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“They weren’t prepared for someone to come out with injuries,” she said, adding, “They gave me safety gear and that safety gear didn’t do the job.”

She eventually had surgery to repair the severed tendon that affected her right ring finger and underwent six months of physical therapy.

“I definitely had a tough time the first few months,” she said.

Annaleigh Robbins-Sennewald claims a worker gave her
Annaleigh Robbins-Sennewald claims a worker gave her “back burn ointment and a mosquito bite cloth” to treat her bleeding wound.
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Annaleigh Robbins-Sennewald went to physical therapy for six months after having surgery on her severed tendon.
Annaleigh Robbins-Sennewald went to physical therapy for six months after having surgery on her severed tendon.
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In response to a request for comment, an insurance adjuster at the Break Bar accused The Post of harassment and asked the newspaper to “cease” from reporting the lawsuit.

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