[First filed: March 12, 2007 @ 23:14]
WIN has picked up the teeny drinking around Skyfire and has elicted some interesting responses from the police.
Now, a couple of points I’m confused about:
1) If I owned a 20 year old bottle of scotch and my child was apprehended with it empty, drunken, and in public I personally would be intensely interested in notification from the police that this theft had occurred.
2) Since when did a small number of arrests indicate adequate policing? Surely adequate policing of thousands of drunken youths should lead to thousands of arrests, not three?
3) Our own reader feedback suggests that private security guards were all that stood between spectators and violent assault. Is this adequate policing?
ANOTHER UPDATE: Some comment from regular readers I thought worthy of more attention include J Dawg’s observation:
“Myself and 7 other friends (3 females) were minding our own business, making our way to the general area of stage 88, when a young guy approached us. He asked if we had any smokes, to which we replied no, and then he proposed a fight. â€œWanna fight?â€ he said, to which we replied â€œNo thanksâ€. He then asked again for some smokes, which we didnâ€™t have, and he then proposed a fight with his cousin. â€œWant to fight my cousin then?â€. We started to ignore them, until they ganged up on one of my friends, at which point we summoned a near by security guard to help keep these idiots away. Two security guards came over, kept the fighters distracted as we made our way back to the carpark. A few minutes later they appeared again, this time shouting louder and appearing more drugged up. We kindly asked two other security guards to stop them from getting to our car, and more security was summoned to help. They obviously had their limitations on dealing with these hoodlums, but what they did in keeping them away was more then enough. As we left Regatta Point we saw even more young people fighting.”
Also schmerica_ had this to add [Although it turns out it was from 2003 and not this year]:
I had a similar experience as you J Dawgâ€¦ 5 guys and 4 girls minding our buisness then out of the blue 10 – 15 guys appeared and accused us of calling some random chick a slut or something. 5 minutes later there were 20 + of them surrounding the 9 of us with no police and no security. Iâ€™ll just say we spent the rest of the night in the emergency department.