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Dial H For Hero

(2,971 posts)
Tue Jul 28, 2020, 08:58 AM Jul 2020

Hundreds of Teenagers Sow Chaos at Memphis Mini Golf Park

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/27/us/teens-memphis-crowded-mini-golf.html

Hundreds of teenagers crowded a mini golf center in Memphis this weekend, leaving flower pots smashed, the concession area in shambles and employees wondering how a putt-putt park could devolve into a ruckus involving the police, a stampede and a viral video of the chaos. The crowd at the center, the Golf and Games Family Park, gradually grew larger over the course of Saturday, until the number of people became “pretty unsustainable,” Aaron Bos, a general manager, said.

At one point, 300 to 400 teenagers had gathered at the mini golf park, according to Lt. Karen Rudolph, a spokeswoman for the Memphis Police Department. She noted that the crowd was in violation of the city’s coronavirus restrictions. It was not immediately clear why so many teenagers came to the park, and the teenagers who were present could not immediately be identified. Mr. Bos said he had heard it was coordinated on social media.

The situation deteriorated quickly after Mr. Bos spotted teenagers “jumping over the rails and hopping in cars” at the go-kart attraction, he said. Then fights started breaking out, he said. He decided to close the park, which only escalated the situation. Frustrated teenagers demanded refunds, Mr. Bos said, despite his offer that any credits purchased could be used at a later date.

About 50 teenagers “shoved past the manager and mobbed the concession area,” Mr. Bos said, noting that he did not see any of them wearing masks. The indoor area at the park was limited to 50 percent capacity, or around 100 people; the crowding was mostly outdoors before a group moved inside, he said. A group of girls asked Mr. Bos for money back using an obscenity, he said. One girl hurled a plexiglass divider and a metal post over the counter at employees, in an altercation caught on a video that has been circulating widely on social media.

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Hundreds of Teenagers Sow Chaos at Memphis Mini Golf Park (Original Post) Dial H For Hero Jul 2020 OP
Mimicing their parent's views Miguelito Loveless Jul 2020 #1
This is why we can't have nice things soothsayer Jul 2020 #2
As a person who went throught their own teen years and also as a parent to teenagers I've abqtommy Jul 2020 #3
My bing search went straight to "trump derangement syndrome" LiberalArkie Jul 2020 #6
That's what I saw too. I guess I'll just have to wait for people to catch up... abqtommy Jul 2020 #14
It is probably that it will be a long hot summer. LiberalArkie Jul 2020 #21
RIOT!! Where's the tear gas? No feds suited up? Oh, sorry---white kids, amirite?? bobbieinok Jul 2020 #4
The lack of pictures supports your theory AleksS Jul 2020 #7
Or not. See post #8. Dial H For Hero Jul 2020 #9
Thank you for shutting that down. HotTeaBag Jul 2020 #11
Thanks for the update. AleksS Jul 2020 #13
What matters is that we learn from having our preconceptions Hortensis Jul 2020 #24
That was why I made sure to use the New York Times, not some right-wing tabloid. Dial H For Hero Jul 2020 #25
So you see that in your reading also. It's a responsible Hortensis Jul 2020 #27
Here's the video linked to the article: Dial H For Hero Jul 2020 #8
Do you think Trump should send in Homeland Security? DemocratSinceBirth Jul 2020 #15
Jail them for life!! Codeine Jul 2020 #16
I hope and pray... DemocratSinceBirth Jul 2020 #18
Nice kids sarisataka Jul 2020 #20
Curious to hear your theory, actually greenjar_01 Jul 2020 #23
Memphis? nt Codeine Jul 2020 #10
You are not right. Nt sarisataka Jul 2020 #19
close the bars and the putt-putts !1! dweller Jul 2020 #5
Why on earth did they allow so many? MissB Jul 2020 #12
A lot of businesses like that Codeine Jul 2020 #17
Better send in the Feds greenjar_01 Jul 2020 #22
Anyone ever see OVER THE EDGE? A film from 1979 TeamPooka Jul 2020 #26
Longer 57 second Video Here: IcyPeas Jul 2020 #28
Whoa- what on earth caused this? Beaverhausen Jul 2020 #29
From what I can tell, the sequence of events appears to be: Dial H For Hero Jul 2020 #30
Absolutely disgusting behavior. Owl Jul 2020 #34
This is sickening superpatriotman Jul 2020 #31
This is all over the racist dog whistle sites Ex Lurker Jul 2020 #32
Some DUers immediately assumed the perpetrators SharonClark Jul 2020 #33

abqtommy

(14,118 posts)
3. As a person who went throught their own teen years and also as a parent to teenagers I've
Tue Jul 28, 2020, 09:15 AM
Jul 2020

long suspected that Teen Derangement Syndrome is a real Thing but a search showed no results*.
That's a pity since I think it's passed down through parents and society to the teen...

* https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%22teen+derangement+syndrome%22&t=ffnt&ia=web
(No results found for "teen derangement syndrome".)

bobbieinok

(12,858 posts)
4. RIOT!! Where's the tear gas? No feds suited up? Oh, sorry---white kids, amirite??
Tue Jul 28, 2020, 09:21 AM
Jul 2020

Last edited Tue Jul 28, 2020, 10:41 AM - Edit history (1)

Eta---As many have pointed out NOT JUST WHITE KIDS!!

THIS COMMENT IS WRONG

Thanks to all for correction!!!

AleksS

(1,666 posts)
7. The lack of pictures supports your theory
Tue Jul 28, 2020, 09:47 AM
Jul 2020

Usually if it’s black kids, they have pictures posted for miles. Since there’s not a single picture at the article of the kids involved, that leads me to think “lily white.”

Also, if a group isn’t white, journalists can’t seem to resist pointing it out usually. Since there’s no “a group of mostly black teens” line in there, that’s more evidence in support of your theory.

Still just a theory, but the evidence is promising.


Edit: video shows it’s not a white crowd after all. Surprising, since usually they only hide the race when it’s white kids behaving badly. I’m surprised, hope it’s a journalistic trend, but not expecting it to be

AleksS

(1,666 posts)
13. Thanks for the update.
Tue Jul 28, 2020, 09:58 AM
Jul 2020

Thanks for the update.

I’m genuinely surprised the article didn’t highlight the race of the kids involved. It feels like they’re quick to shout “black! Black!” when they can but hide race only when it’s white kids behaving badly. Progress?

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
24. What matters is that we learn from having our preconceptions
Tue Jul 28, 2020, 10:45 AM
Jul 2020

blasted. My own observation is that reporting most often does not mention race and I have to search for photos if I want to know that. I do avoid tabloid/yellow journalism and race-focused sources.

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
27. So you see that in your reading also. It's a responsible
Tue Jul 28, 2020, 01:58 PM
Jul 2020

practice when color's not all it's about, to avoid triggering emotional reactions that might interfere with honest evaluation.

Reminds me that whenever I read about some politician caught in wrongdoing, the first thing I want to find out, before the facts, is that it's not a Democrat and is a Republican, which of course is precisely why they won't mention that.

DemocratSinceBirth

(99,729 posts)
18. I hope and pray...
Tue Jul 28, 2020, 10:14 AM
Jul 2020

I hope and pray cooler heads will prevail at the relevant departments and our president will not escalate tensions.

MissB

(15,825 posts)
12. Why on earth did they allow so many?
Tue Jul 28, 2020, 09:57 AM
Jul 2020

This is a business. They require that an entrance fee be paid. Why didn’t they shut things down once 100 folks paid their entrance fees???

 

Codeine

(25,586 posts)
17. A lot of businesses like that
Tue Jul 28, 2020, 10:13 AM
Jul 2020

have teens at the ticket windows. Shit happens, insurance fixes it.

 

Dial H For Hero

(2,971 posts)
30. From what I can tell, the sequence of events appears to be:
Tue Jul 28, 2020, 02:59 PM
Jul 2020

1) A bunch of teens start acting up, jumping over the rails and hopping into cars at the go-car attraction.

2) A number of fights break out.

3) The staff declares they're closing the park.

4) Refunds are demanded, and credits usable at a future date are offered.

5) In response, the teens riot. The staff retreats to basement, calling 911 and arming themselves with golf clubs.

Just a bunch of rambunctious kids, right?

superpatriotman

(6,266 posts)
31. This is sickening
Tue Jul 28, 2020, 03:07 PM
Jul 2020

I grew up in a bad neighborhood and kids never acted like this. What makes them think this is okay in any universe?

SharonClark

(10,014 posts)
33. Some DUers immediately assumed the perpetrators
Thu Jul 30, 2020, 08:41 AM
Jul 2020

we’re white kids and they were wrong. It’s not just racist sites that try to spin stories to their advantage. Some DUers, despite believing in the cause of ending racism, hurt the cause by ignoring that all races engage in bad behavior.

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