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FAIR: Boys should have been kicked out

Letter by Melissa E. Fox, Spanaway on Sep. 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm with 8 Comments »
September 24, 2012 3:50 pm

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.

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  1. itwasntmethistime says:

    I agree. Talking to them sternly is not a punishment. They probably looked really sorry, then laughed their heads off the rest of the day because they got away with it. Now they are more likely to blow off rules in the future because they know they’ll get away with it.

    How many people’s ride did they repeatedly spoil?

  2. Maybe the fair should have a holding cell for people who act unruly.

  3. I’ve worked event security for several venues in the Puget sound area, One thing you learn fast is some of the law enforcement earn their pay check and the majority are their to collect a pay check. This is something the ride operator should take up with his boss so he or she and take it to fair management and then it’s up to them to tell him he’s not welcome back.

  4. averageJose says:

    People spend alot of money there and shouldn’t have to put up with delinquents.

  5. MrCarleone says:

    What you have to remember is that Cheesman and his officers are not used to dealing with “real kids”.

    They deal with the kids of the Fircrest Golf Club elites !

    In other words, “my kid would never do something wrong” !

  6. itwasntmethistime says:

    Actually, I would guess that most of the kids Cheesman deals with are really rotten, not just nuisances. He doesn’t get calls for kids who won’t take out the garbage or do their homework. The kids he sees in a typical day at work are in gangs or in violent homes.

  7. buddyandelliott says:

    Fircrest isn’t as bucolic as some of you think. Yeah, it’s mostly nice and calm, but it has its craphole apartments and trashy houses.

  8. headedsouth says:

    I am sure all of these people would change their comments if their children were the ones causing the problem. The officer in question made a call at the time that seems reasonable. The children did not cause any more problems at the fair and life goes on. Now the real issue here is how much of a rip off the fair is on rides, games and food. I dont see how low income or fixed income families can afford to be there. I saw many families eating McDonalds in the parking lot before going in with free tickets. Now I bet there will be way more people from Seattle and Bellevue coming down to the fair after the name change. Way to go Fair Board!!

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