Jim Fisher said: No newspaper links yet, but my daughter just called me to say that there was a disturbance tonight at SFA with fighting and arrests by police. At least one car was damaged in the parking lot.
was your daughter there?
Halloween time is and has been notorius for troublemakers, not just SFA but all over. A fight in a parking lot could happen anywhere.
doesn't sound the least bit earthshattering
------------------ never met a coaster I didn't ride (except Junior Geminii) :(
It wasn't earth shattering, but it was disturbing to my daughter who was there. With all the police activity, it took them an hour and a half to get out of the parking lot. One of their cars was damaged by someone who rammed into it. I'm not sure if that was deliberate or an accident. They had a problem with some of the trouble makers who wouldn't get off their car so that they could leave. They witnessed the police making several arrests. The activity occurred outside the gates for the most part, though some of the trouble makers were attempting to reenter the park after closing.
I find it unfortunate that a relatively small group is able to spoil both the fun of Halloween and a trip to the park, but that's how the world works. As far as I know there is no reason to criticize either the park or the police for their actions.
No, gunshots and violence are just more publicized at PKD because they don't happen very often. Disturbances happen all the time at SFA so it's not really "news." Not necessarily SFA's fault, but the park is in an undesirable location.
Wow, Sam Marks would defend SFA if they started stabbing people as they walked in the front gate.
Gunshots? I never hear gunshots around here ;) Baltimore is a wonderful place...where else will you find the highest per capita homicide, heroin use, and V.D. infection? It's a damn fine city!
Between January first and May 1st Baltimore City (not the county, just the city) had 112 homicides. 15 resulted in indictments. Isn't life grand? ;)
------------------ - "I used to be in the audio/visual club, but I was kicked out because of my views on Vietnam........and I was stealing projectors" - Homer Simpson *** This post was edited by Peabody 11/1/2003 4:35:39 PM ***
Listen folks! SFA is a fine park. I would trust my daughter (if I had one) going to the park any day of the week and twice on Sunday's, at any time of the year. How can people from Madison, WI or Seattle, WA possibly claim that SFA is a bad park when they don't even live in the area. As for VolcanoTBC, if SFA was such a trouble spot, the Washington media would be having a field day with it and you know it. No one can tell me that fights don't happen at other parks and that tempers don't flare. It happens all over the country from agressive drivers, to your hometown high school football game. It has nothing to do with the area any amusement park is in and to be quite honest, this is the first time I have heard of any credible report of a violence at this park this season. *** This post was edited by coasterguts 11/1/2003 4:51:11 PM ***
Sorry, but I'm pissed off about last night at the park. It should not have taken an hour-and-a-half to get off the parking lot. I turned my car off because we weren't moving at all. I didn't get home until 1am, when I had to get up at 9:15am to work all day again. A tired employee is an unhappy employee. ------------------ Did anyone ever bother trying out the seats on the KMG Tango? And if so, were they male?
I've been to that park twice now, and have never felt mildly threatened or uncomfortable. Having lived in some dicey neighborhoods myself, I'm of the opinion that SFA's immediate surroundings are practically bucolic.
Mitchellville, MD (the Zip Code for SFA) has a median household income of $85,000. That's more than some of the cities in the wealthiest county in the state (Montgomery). Some of the best hospitals in the country John Hopkins (Baltimore) Cleveland Clinic (Clevland, OH) are not in some best looking neighborhoods. But if you were sick and needed the best care, would you not go to them because they houses may not be the best looking?
Man I feel sorry for you there I-Fan,I know it was all hell trying to get out of the lot last saturday night.
Still when I saw you over at Krypton comet(chaos) you looked to be having a good day & were doing a great job getting the ride loaded & running,you really made my day yesterday. :)
Getting out of the lot last night wasn't half the battle it was just last saturday night(10/25) but things still were a bit hectic,I noticed over at the lemonade stand on mainstreet last night a park guest talking with security & police over an apperant incident involving an altercation with another guest.
She was very upset & it looked as if her arm had been broken..or badly sprained as a result of what happend to her,she did appear to have her arm in a sling of some sort & I just felt real bad for her that someone for no apparent reason would want to hurt another person & ruin what should've been a night of fun & enjoyment for them.
SFA has been getting bad publicity lately. Two face getting stuck then SROS not working, then something crime related. I agree with Brian Noble about the surroundings being a comfortable place. This must've been a spur of the moment thing. It could happen anywhere. I think it could've been prevented though.
Anyone remember when SFA got robbed back in 99 or 00? now that was what you could call a serious criminal problem.
From the sounds of things in the lot on halloween night it reminded me of a similar incident that occurred at SFGRADV a few years back,of course I only read about it online having never been there mysself but it sounded pretty bad.