Re: “Law and order at the Puyallup Fair” (TNT, 9-22).
I was quite concerned with the manner in which Fircrest Police Chief John Cheesman dealt with the three 14-year-old boys”who were “acting up” on the Sky Ride. The article failed to mention that the boys were rocking the Sky Ride car as it crossed the fair. In accordance with safety regulations, the ride has to be stopped each time a car is rocking. In this case, the ride was stopped numerous times because the boys would not quit rocking the car.
The Sky Ride manager asked that the boys be kicked out of the fair, but Cheesman opted to talk to the teens “sternly” and let them remain with their “chaperone.” Where was the chaperone in the first place?
The boys should have been expelled from the fair and made to apologize and take responsibility for their actions. Warnings to not rock the car are clearly posted inside the cabin.
Cheesman might have “felt good about the decision,” but did he take into consideration the high level of danger the boys’ action posed to the public or even the input of the ride’s crew who take responsibility for the public’s safety very seriously? A “reprieve” was not the appropriate action in this case.