Fake park employees allegedly steal cash from Cedar Point games

Posted Monday, August 23, 2004 9:23 AM | Contributed by supermandl

Several people are charged with various crimes in a scam allegedly designed to steal money from Cedar Point games.

Read more from The Morning Journal.

Link: PointBuzz

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Monday, August 23, 2004 9:31 AM
Good thing the guy that wrote that article does not post here. He is a horrible reporter... according to court records. Every sentence ending with "according to court records"
Monday, August 23, 2004 9:39 AM
Jeff's avatar That doesn't make him a horrible reporter, that's him doing his job. If he leaves that part out and it turns out not to be true he and the paper get sued for libel. Don't criticize that which you do not understand.
Monday, August 23, 2004 9:46 AM
Raven-Phile's avatar That's pretty sad. I mean, I can't deny the people were smart for thinking of that, but they were dumb enough to think they would actually get away with it.

Also, Trick Track - as Jeff already clarified, there's nothing wrong with the article at all. Remember the first rule of anything is to cover your own ass.


Monday, August 23, 2004 10:08 AM
The 2nd rule of anything is dont talk about anything.
Monday, August 23, 2004 10:19 AM
I too thought it was annoying to have the majority of sentences end with "according to court records." It would have sufficed to write a simple sentence stated the obvious one time rather than repeat again and again. Maybe you meant to say this guy was a terrible writer Trick, not a terrible reporter.
Monday, August 23, 2004 10:38 AM
I didn't even notice that everything ended with "according to court records." I guess you get used to it when you do that.

I can't believe the first employee actually let someone he did not know and with no name tag go to the games office. It might have been one of the young workers at the park who got scared thinking he was in trouble.

Monday, August 23, 2004 10:40 AM
You can't type 'allegedly' with your 'l' key missing...
Monday, August 23, 2004 11:20 AM
Jeffrey R. Smith, one usage of "according to court records" would NOT have sufficed for the entire article. If the paper wants to avoid a libel suit, that needs to be in every paragraph at least.

However, the writer should have mixed it up a bit, such as starting a paragraph with "Court records said..." or putting the phrase within the paragraph somewhere.

I suspect the writer turned in the story with no attribution at all, and a hurried editor quickly added those phrases.

Monday, August 23, 2004 11:44 AM
If they would have left the park immediately they would have got away with it. That is a horrible reporting job.
Monday, August 23, 2004 2:42 PM
I understand that it has to be put in there as I have worked for 3 different papers. I'm sure he is a good reporter I was just stating that it was poorly written. I agree Den it should have been re-worded throughout.*** This post was edited by Trick Track 8/23/2004 2:42:59 PM ***
Monday, August 23, 2004 3:37 PM
Vater's avatar This has got to be the lamest off-topic discussion ever, according to court records.
Monday, August 23, 2004 6:04 PM
Hey Judge, I didnĀ“t post in this topic. Can I get a witness?!
Monday, August 23, 2004 9:05 PM
So that is:

14 "according to court records"
1 "court records stated"
1 "according to jail records"

of course this recap is according to the paper's records.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004 4:44 PM
I guess the reporters editor was asleep...
Thursday, August 26, 2004 11:52 PM

money was discovered money missing from his money apron

Interesting. Maybe it was "allow your child to write your story for you" day at work.


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