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The deep end: Confessions of a McCarren lifeguard (at Brooklyn's $50 mil ghetto pool)
NY Post ^ | 7/15/12 | Annie Karni

Posted on 07/15/2012 4:55:55 AM PDT by jimbo123

When the McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg reopened last month after 28 years of dormancy, it was hailed as a civic achievement and summer oasis for Brooklynites. But the city’s largest public pool has been plagued by violent brawls that pit teens against lifeguards and even forced the NYPD to shut it down on June 29. Lifeguards are forbidden to talk to the media, but one spoke to the The Post’s Annie Karni about life in the aquatic war zone.

Every morning when I wake up, I pray for rain. Because if it’s sunny and 90 degrees at 11 a.m., when my shift starts, there will be 1,500 people lined up around the block to get in and just 30 lifeguards to watch over them. And a lot of them are coming in drunk and high.

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We get paid $13.55 an hour, plus overtime. So far, I’m sticking it out, and it’s not bad pay, but it’s a hard job. There’s something going on every day, and it’s not just violence.

One of the lifeguards called me over while I was watching the baby pool the other day. “There’s poop in the pool,” he said. “It’s scattered everywhere.” I saw one kid step on a piece. I tried to tell the parents to get out, but no one listened to me. I had to yell at them that there was feces in the pool.

We cleared out the pool and made everyone stand on the sides. The rule is five minutes for poop and 25 minutes for throw-up. Luckily, there were two new lifeguards, so we made them clean it up.

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Ahhh. Summer in New York...
1 posted on 07/15/2012 4:56:01 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123
The rule is five minutes for poop and 25 minutes for throw-up.

Barf is bad, but it's the crap that is dangerous. I'd rather have the diluent effect of an ocean than a public pool.
2 posted on 07/15/2012 5:00:00 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: jimbo123

So... New Yorkers are stuck with a price tag of fifty million bucks in order to entertain these... characters.

One wonders if the calculations included some sort of equation to the effect that fifty million for a summer pool would mean fifty million less outlay for crime prevention.

Once upon a time, Americans were expected to entertain themselves; and obey the law, too.

Oh, brave new world.


3 posted on 07/15/2012 5:02:30 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: jimbo123

No word on the ethnicity of the punks causing the trouble.


4 posted on 07/15/2012 5:05:06 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: jimbo123

Sounds like enough “wretched refuse” has washed up in New York City, and a lot of it is in this lavish taxpayer-funded pool. Third-worlders generally turn their new residence into the third world they left.


5 posted on 07/15/2012 5:09:23 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: jimbo123

ANIMALS!! DISGUSTING ANIMALS!!


6 posted on 07/15/2012 5:10:13 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: jimbo123
"That’s when we got more cops. On a typical day, there are about 40 cops around the pool."

Oh yes, the "Iraq strategy" - they're very cleverly drawing the terrorists in so the cops can fight them in one place.

7 posted on 07/15/2012 5:11:00 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: jimbo123
“I’m not scared of no cop,” the kid said to him, and stood on the edge of the pool deck. The cop gave him a shove to get him to move, and the kid pushed him back then punched the cop in the face. That’s when we got more cops. On a typical day, there are about 40 cops around the pool.

So I guess the pool could serve as a magnet for morons who need arresting. Too bad virtually nothing will happen to them. Their attitude is pretty much proof that they are able to act with impunity and get away with it.

The sentence should have read: That’s when the kid got busted against the side of the head with the police baton.
8 posted on 07/15/2012 5:14:26 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: jimbo123

Why am I not surprised?


9 posted on 07/15/2012 5:14:48 AM PDT by duckman (Dr Ben Carlson: Vision Not Division.)
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To: jimbo123

I was a lifeguard for the City of Raleigh when I was in college. Great, great job. I got paid to get a tan. Not too much eye candy—most of our clientele was moms who didn’t care anymore and little kids. But, compared to my prior job—sales associate at Best Buy—that job was heaven.

Never saw anything like this, though, thank God.


10 posted on 07/15/2012 5:20:00 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: jimbo123

Just a zoo without cages.


11 posted on 07/15/2012 5:20:43 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: jimbo123

Put a wall around it & keep them in.
We all remember Snake Pliskin.


12 posted on 07/15/2012 5:23:24 AM PDT by certrtwngnut (It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes. (Josef Stalin))
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To: Jack Hammer

Here’s the thing...at the rate they are going...some public health official is going to show up next summer and start to shut down the pool every other day. By the end 2014...some city official will admit that customers barely cover five percent of the operating budget of the pool. At the same time...they will admit that the pool is closed almost half of the whole summer because of health issues. By 2017, the pool will be completely shut down. Some idiot will write a book over the whole game...and the title? “Flushing Fifty Million Down the Hudson”.


13 posted on 07/15/2012 5:25:37 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: jimbo123
It's just a Baby Ruth.


14 posted on 07/15/2012 5:27:41 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: aruanan

“I’m not scared of no cop”?

A double negative makes a statement positive.

*Sigh*

Typical.


15 posted on 07/15/2012 5:27:59 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (It's hurricane season! Yay!)
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To: jimbo123
It's a sad story. But your editorial choices ("snip" locations) suggest things about your priorities and editorial bias that might be pitiful. For you, a chance to use NYC and "poop" in the same paragraph.

Unremarked, of course, is just how routine, normal, and good "summer in New York" is for the millions of other residents of the City.

16 posted on 07/15/2012 5:28:30 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (America has enemies. And friends.)
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To: circlecity
Just a zoo without cages.

yeah. And we eat spectators.

17 posted on 07/15/2012 5:30:37 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (America has enemies. And friends.)
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To: USMCPOP

18 posted on 07/15/2012 5:31:23 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: aruanan

You can’t pick up a disease from vomit,but you can from feces.

Shouldn’t it take longer to clean the feces,not the other way around?

They’d have to drain the pool,wouldn’t they?


19 posted on 07/15/2012 5:31:45 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (It's hurricane season! Yay!)
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To: Timber Rattler

Also, the only pic on the website shows white kids in the pool with cops watching over them.


20 posted on 07/15/2012 5:32:31 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: the invisib1e hand

I live in NYC (Manhattan) and the city is turning back into the cess pool that Giuliani fixed. Yesterday morning, my kids got the chance to jump over a big pile of vomit on the sidewalk on our way to get some bagels for breakfast. As well as spying on the Puerto Ricans digging through the trash bags on our street looking for discarded electronics and other trinkets.


21 posted on 07/15/2012 5:37:06 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: txrefugee
Sounds like enough “wretched refuse” has washed up in New York City, and a lot of it is in this lavish taxpayer-funded pool. Third-worlders generally turn their new residence into the third world they left.

You're making a lot of assumptions, Margaret Sanger. Those who immigrate generally improve their lot much more quickly than those native born at a low socioeconomic level. Unfortunately, those newly arriving usually have to live initially in socioeconomically depressed areas. Those that are newly arrived are usually very well-behaved compared to those who are native born and of the Jerry Springer socioeconomic group. Look at the bad places in virtually any city of any size. It's not the immigrants who are the source of the trouble. It's the parents' constant fear: how do they earn enough to get out of those bad neighborhoods before their kids get shot or corrupted. And, yes, I used to live in Brooklyn. And, yes, I have lived overseas in a country that would be considered third-world by some. And, yes, I've known many immigrants from all over the world over at least three and half decades. For the most part they put the native-born government dependence class to shame.
22 posted on 07/15/2012 5:39:58 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: jimbo123

A long, detailed article about the pool and its history:

http://www.theawl.com/2012/07/mccarren-park-pool

The Politics Of McCarren Park Pool
Aaron Short | July 9th, 2012


23 posted on 07/15/2012 5:47:37 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: jimbo123
You know, if George Bush didn't destroy the economy all these youths would have summer jobs and not acting out... / S
24 posted on 07/15/2012 5:50:12 AM PDT by Popman (When you elect a clown: expect a circus...)
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To: jimbo123
We got LIFE STRAWS, to filter out the bad stuff, no worries about poop or puke!

25 posted on 07/15/2012 5:52:29 AM PDT by mkjessup (Finley Peter Dunne - "Politics ain't beanbag")
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To: USMCPOP

I recently watched this movie for the first time w/ my husband. I haven’t laughed so hard in a loooooooooooong time!


26 posted on 07/15/2012 5:58:41 AM PDT by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: jimbo123

1,500 people........................how big is this pool?????????????????


27 posted on 07/15/2012 5:59:49 AM PDT by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Yep, those are the good kids who are following the rules.


28 posted on 07/15/2012 6:01:43 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: USMCPOP

CLASSIC!


29 posted on 07/15/2012 6:02:36 AM PDT by Leo58 (Those who cheer you today will curse you tomorrow, the only thing that endures is character.)
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To: leaning conservative


Before the $50 mil renovation.
30 posted on 07/15/2012 6:05:09 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Timber Rattler

Right, that’s what I’m saying. They don’t even hint at the possibility of a certain race’s proclivity for such behavior, not even in the one picture they posted with the article.


31 posted on 07/15/2012 6:14:53 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: jimbo123

Are you going to move out of there before the rioting phase begins?


32 posted on 07/15/2012 6:25:09 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Future Snake Eater

There will a vast void in the deep end away from the walls. That’s the safest place in America.


33 posted on 07/15/2012 6:25:09 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Whether they mention that it is Black teens who surrounded and attacked the life guards in the story, people know what is happening.

People who misbehave like this should be banned from the pool. Under 18 - a parent should be required for entry to the pool and if the kid misbehaves, the whole family gets banned for the summer.


34 posted on 07/15/2012 6:28:57 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: jimbo123

Math wasn’t my best subject, but I’ll do my best here.

$50,000,000 into the pool.

Initial investment of small team of lifeguards at $13+ per hour.
Big crowds.

Unexpected expenses involving local law enforcement.
Vandalism.
Cleaning/maintenance of property including feces and vomit in the pool. (imagine what’s going on in the toilet/shower area)

Teenage lifeguards overwhelmed by size of crowd and distractions coming at them from all sides.

I see multi-million dollar lawsuits in the near future, as well as the certain closing of the pool.

Well done liberals. Well done.


35 posted on 07/15/2012 6:31:26 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: SaraJohnson

True, but it still needs to be enforced. Rules, bans, they only work on people who give a damn about such things.


36 posted on 07/15/2012 6:32:57 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: mkjessup

Do you know you can’t buy those straws here in the USA? A local (Oklahoma) company makes them. I called to ask about buying some and was told they aren’t marketed for sale in the US. But they are given away free in foreign countries. No explanation was given. Only reporting what I was told.


37 posted on 07/15/2012 6:38:49 AM PDT by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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To: jimbo123

Those lifeguards actually sound like courageous real Americans. Bet they won’t be voting Democratic.


38 posted on 07/15/2012 6:50:47 AM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: SaraJohnson
Are you going to move out of there before the rioting phase begins?

Probably after the next mayoral election when the inmates elect the lesbian Christine Quinn as the next mayor.


39 posted on 07/15/2012 6:50:57 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Timber Rattler

It’s beyond race. There’s plenty of wannabes.


40 posted on 07/15/2012 6:55:19 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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Luckily, there were two new lifeguards, so we made them clean it up.

Seniority has its privilege!

41 posted on 07/15/2012 6:59:11 AM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: jimbo123

George Zimmerman was nowhere to be found. Meaning look at yourselves and make corrections instead of railing against people outside your racial or ethnic group


42 posted on 07/15/2012 7:03:44 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: jimbo123

They can try Midnight Water-Polo. Keep the kids off the streets at night.


43 posted on 07/15/2012 7:16:42 AM PDT by Lockbar (I promise to move fire-wood twice a day.)
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To: pepsionice

....“Flushing Fifty Million Down the Hudson”.

&&&&
I wonder what kind of trail of favors would appear if someone were to follow the money on this $50 million.


44 posted on 07/15/2012 7:16:52 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: jimbo123
Snip

I live in NYC
...why?
45 posted on 07/15/2012 7:17:06 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (America has enemies. And friends.)
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To: aruanan
"The rule is five minutes for poop and 25 minutes for throw-up."

The club we belonged to when the kids were little had a full size Olympic pool. Any poop in that pool would shut it down for 3 or 4 days at a time! Five minutes is nuts and a serious public health hazard.

46 posted on 07/15/2012 7:26:43 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: jimbo123
I live in NYC (Manhattan) and the city is turning back into the cess pool that Giuliani fixed. Yesterday morning, my kids got the chance to jump over a big pile of vomit on the sidewalk on our way to get some bagels for breakfast. As well as spying on the Puerto Ricans digging through the trash bags on our street looking for discarded electronics and other trinkets.

Nanny Bloomberg is the pits but wait until you get your new lesbian mayor in. She is heavily favored to win

Christine Quinn: New York mayor hopeful to marry lesbian partner Kim www.dailymail.co.uk/.../Christine-Quinn-New-York-mayor-hopeful-... Apr 25, 2012 – Christine Quinn (pictured right) will marry long-term girlfriend Kim Catullo (left) on May 19 in Manhattan before 300 guests including Mayor ...

 


47 posted on 07/15/2012 7:39:15 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: aruanan

Enjoyed your post. I’ve visited the Bahamas. The Blacks speak the King’s English. They are upwardly mobile. I would imagine the poor Blacks in Haiti have better English skills and aspirations than these pool trash in NYC.

For 50 million, NYC could have built two $25 million dollar pools. Separate but Equal. And I’m serious.


48 posted on 07/15/2012 9:38:45 AM PDT by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: aruanan

Enjoyed your post. I’ve visited the Bahamas. The Blacks speak the King’s English. They are upwardly mobile. I would imagine the poor Blacks in Haiti have better English skills and aspirations than these pool trash in NYC.

For 50 million, NYC could have built two $25 million dollar pools. Separate but Equal. And I’m serious.


49 posted on 07/15/2012 9:39:22 AM PDT by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: pepperdog

They are not used here, because you can get clean water.

My daughter bought a bag them to Haiti last year. They look cute and all...but without them , many of the kids my daughter worked with would die from some water borne disease.

And the money to buy them was raised through the church.


50 posted on 07/15/2012 12:46:23 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just hate our government. All of them. Republican and Democrat.)
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