With that said, people need to be aware of what they are doing when they show support for their local club or for any national/international organization. Rivalries do exist and members of clubs tend to take their lifestyle very, very seriously. I am not going to preach, just wanted to be sure folks knew what they were up to. With new shows like Sons of Anarchy, it is easy for people to get excited about the lifestyle and walk themselves into a situation they are not really prepared for.
For example, on August 9, 2007, Eric Anderson, 35, wore a Hells Angels support t-shirt into the Union Street Station Bar & Grill in Naugatuck, Connecticut. The bar is known for its support of the Outlaws M/C, who happens to be a rival of the Angels. Michael Sjaastad, 44, beat Anderson to death and left his body in a brook behind the establishment. Yesterday, Sjaastad pleaded no contest to a charge of first-degree manslaughter under a plea agreement that calls for six years behind bars. He will be sentenced next month in Waterbury Superior Court.
Things like this do happen. Watch your P’s and Q’s, show respect, and please don’t pretend to be something you are not. Enjoy who you are and where you fit in this culture. We need all of you, 1%ers, 99%ers, weekend warriors, sport bike riders, cruiser enthusiasts, touring junkies, and off road explorers.
Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,