Bouncers, doormen or security men at bars and clubs might get a bad wrap as the 'fun police', but a Christchurch bouncer has produced a statistic to back up their latest title "hosts".
Seven Sharp spent the night of St Patrick's Day with bouncers at two bars as they put their skills and experience to use deciding who's in and who's out.
Matt, a security veteran of 20 years, said the days of bouncers are gone.
Apparently "host" is the correct term now and he has the stats to back up that job title.
Last year Matt, the boss of a group of "hosts" divided the total time dealing with trouble with the number of hours that his team worked.
Matt said they spent 99.6 per cent of the time on "hospitality" and point four per cent on "hostility".
The key is to recognise when people have had enough and there are telltale signs of that, Matt said.
"The tellltale signs, well there's two classics for the men and the women. Women get loud. Men start hugging each other."
Plenty of those telltale signs were evident outside the clubs that night.
Another doorman, Adrian, has also done the job for 20 years and reckons in his time he's seen respect for authority diminish.
"People don't understand when we say you can't come in because we think you're intoxicated."
But he's not about to exit the entrance.
"I wouldn't do it if I didn't enjoy it."