It’s Saturday night in Memphis, the youth are looking for the things to do, and it appears several hundred teens coordinated to be dropped off, with their parents or other guardians, leave expecting to come back later and pick them up.
With all the news, mask requirements, and social conflicts, the Putt-Putt Fun Center, was open for business but did not expect to have huge numbers of unaccompanied teens dropped off at their establishment.
By the time the management realized what was happening, their location was in violation of the CV-19 rules covering the number of customers in the center at one time. The only solution was to close abruptly, for the “safety” of everyone involved.
Here is were, virus or no virus, some youth of today have been taught to destroy things when you don’t get your way.
The reason, the business did not reimburse the families for the early closure since it was their inundating of their location with teens and taking off which caused the necessity for the shutdown.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Things were quiet Sunday at the Putt-Putt Fun Center off Summer Avenue, but it was anything but quiet Saturday evening when things quickly turned chaotic.
“You are supposed to be with family and friends, so it’s supposed to be a fun place, but you see all of these aggressive acts,” Lucas Tremmel said when he saw social media video of the incident.
In a recently filed police report, the company said parents just started dropping off their children. Suddenly, there was a crowd of 300 to 400 people, causing the business to be in violation of CV-19 compliance.
The business decided to close up shop because of overcrowding, then the chaos erupted once employees said they would not issue a refund—instantly turning the fun center into a frenzy zone.
So the kids trashed the place.
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— Karli 🇺🇸 (@KarluskaP) July 27, 2020
“Those things can be talked over instead of resulting in physical violence,” Lucas Tremmel said.
The center’s general manager, Aaron Boss, said in the below statement that what happened is something the company has “never experienced in 57 years of business.” He said all minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian moving forward.
“Unfortunately, yesterday evening we had an incident that we have never experienced in 57 years of business. Parents chose to leave large groups of teenagers at our facility without their supervision. Some of those people chose to create a disturbance the likes of which we have never seen.”
What happens when these unruly kids, act out in the future, but next time with weapons? I don’t think the question should be if, but when it will happen.
I hope the management of the Center is forward-thinking and preparing for what might be coming in their near future.