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Tensions boil at Gip's Place tonight

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BESSEMER, AL -

Tensions are boiling over at a famous bar in Bessemer called Gip's Place.

Henry "Gip" Gipson has run the joint from his home for more than 50 years.

He was told by Bessemer police to stop running the business because the city feels he's operating a business without a license.

Police say they've also had complaints about large crowds, vandalism, and public urination on private properties.

Tonight, police were posted up at Gip's Place, asking the business to turn down the music and ID'ing patrons.

Bessemer Police Lieutenant Mark Woods says they didn't want to raid the facility tonight.

"We don't deem it necessary to get in a confrontation out here. That has not been our objective from the start of this. We've been trying to work with them for well over a year now to try to get a license and come in front of the zoning board. They've yet to do that," Lt. Woods said.

Patrons say they will continue supporting Gip's Place.

"We're here to support. We've been supporting this place for years and we're gonna keep supporting it,"  Ashley Johnson, bar patron, said.

Some of Gip's legal team met with police tonight.

They say the officers asked them to come to the police station on Monday.

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