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Free day at Kansas City Zoo ends in violence
Kansas City Star ^ | March 18, 2014 | MATT CAMPBELL and TONY RIZZO

Posted on 03/19/2014 1:36:48 PM PDT by Second Amendment First

The Kansas City Zoo will again review its policies after a frightening spasm of violence Tuesday afternoon that included shots fired in the parking lot.

There were no reported gunshot injuries, but zoo officials want to avoid having the animal park gain a reputation for being unsafe on days when it is open for free to residents of Jackson and Clay counties.

Tuesday’s disturbances followed another incident on a free day last April when a police officer breaking up a fight in the parking lot got a bloody nose. In both cases, the free admission drew crowds that were too big for the zoo to handle.

“I’m always concerned about how people feel about the zoo,” zoo director Randy Wisthoff said shortly after Tuesday’s incident. “That’s always at the top of my plate, that people feel safe here.”

Several witnesses on Tuesday described a chaotic scene of brawls and gunshots.

Kristi Sharp Patterson, who was at the zoo Tuesday with her children, said that as they were leaving, she saw people on the ground in handcuffs, and crowds were gathering around.

“Next thing you know shots were fired in the parking lot right in front of the zoo and everyone started screaming and running in every direction,” Patterson told The Star. “By far the scariest experience ever.”

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To: Second Amendment First

Gee...surprise, surprise.


2 posted on 03/19/2014 1:39:20 PM PDT by Nea Wood (When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.-Sowell)
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To: Second Amendment First

Animals.


3 posted on 03/19/2014 1:39:29 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Second Amendment First

What’s the over/under on banned comments on this one?


4 posted on 03/19/2014 1:39:58 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Second Amendment First

Not all the savages have beards.


5 posted on 03/19/2014 1:40:45 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Facts are racist


6 posted on 03/19/2014 1:40:45 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Second Amendment First

More “teens”. If you go to KSHB41’s website you can see the cellphone video of this. Pure blackout.

Many are waiting for the KC councilman to run to the mic and call this racism like he did over the country club plaza incidents recently.

The police do not arrest you for checkers. They arrest you when you are starting a riot with your pants around your knees.

When will we be able to have an honest discussion about race in this country?


7 posted on 03/19/2014 1:41:21 PM PDT by mfreddy
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To: Second Amendment First

Amish gone wild yet again.
If Baraq had a son, he’d be gettin’ a freebie to the zoo....


8 posted on 03/19/2014 1:41:26 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Second Amendment First

Shocking! Not.


9 posted on 03/19/2014 1:41:50 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Second Amendment First

Gibsmedats


10 posted on 03/19/2014 1:41:59 PM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Second Amendment First

Plantation slavery - Worst. Idea. Ever.


11 posted on 03/19/2014 1:43:06 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: dfwgator

New marketing campaign: Come to the KC Zoo! Now the animals are outside the cages!


12 posted on 03/19/2014 1:43:24 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Second Amendment First

They should give out tickets on free days. Give or mail them out more than a week in advance. Either use tickets or keep the numbers down, have a numbered sign posted with the amount of people admitted thus far. Or, just revoke the tax and give people that 1/8th of a cent back in their pockets.


13 posted on 03/19/2014 1:43:28 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: Second Amendment First
a disturbance at the Kansas City Zoo ...
"When in Rome ..."
14 posted on 03/19/2014 1:43:37 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Second Amendment First
Kansas City Star: "Comments are disabled for this story."

cowards

15 posted on 03/19/2014 1:43:47 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: Boogieman

“....and dey all axed for you.”


16 posted on 03/19/2014 1:44:04 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: clintonh8r

Does anyone not know who to avoid?


17 posted on 03/19/2014 1:45:16 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: clintonh8r

Can you really blame them.


18 posted on 03/19/2014 1:45:41 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Dagnabitt

Truer words have never been said.


19 posted on 03/19/2014 1:45:45 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: dfwgator
What’s the over/under on banned comments on this one?

There's no over/under for comments at the newspaper. They aren't allowing any on the article. (What a surprise.)

20 posted on 03/19/2014 1:45:49 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Second Amendment First

Lemme guess, they’re all aspiring rap singers, right?


21 posted on 03/19/2014 1:46:38 PM PDT by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: Second Amendment First

A reputable establishment should never use the word “free” in describing their admission policies. It only serves to attract the ‘free-shit’ crowd, with their attendant sense of entitlement. Much better to say “admission fee not required for entrance day”.


22 posted on 03/19/2014 1:47:34 PM PDT by Justa
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To: Second Amendment First

Uncivilized cretins.

They have been... and they always will be the reason why decent folk cannot have anything or do anything.

These uncivilized sub-humans.

But I can’t say I am better than them or else that would be raysiss. To hell with that, I AM better than them. My family is better than them. My family and I are civilized humans... civilized members of society that know how to live among other civilized humans.
These creatures are a different species not related to me or my family at all.


23 posted on 03/19/2014 1:47:46 PM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: Second Amendment First

They just had a similar incident on “Free Student Day” at the Florida State Fair in Tampa.

Animals can’t control themselves.


24 posted on 03/19/2014 1:49:18 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Albert Einstein: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Nea Wood

Sad, but predictable.


25 posted on 03/19/2014 1:50:13 PM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can STILL go straight to hell.)
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To: Justa
Much better to say “admission fee not required for entrance day”.

My, what an 'oh schoo' vocabulary you have.
26 posted on 03/19/2014 1:50:24 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: Justa
“admission fee not required for entrance day”.

Howz we peeps s'pposed to understan' dat means 'free sh*t?'

27 posted on 03/19/2014 1:51:17 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: dfwgator

The actual animals are the civilized ones.
Go figure.


28 posted on 03/19/2014 1:51:24 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Second Amendment First
Are those Swedish exchange students?
29 posted on 03/19/2014 1:51:42 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Second Amendment First

“want to avoid having the animal park gain a reputation for being unsafe on days when it is open for free to residents of Jackson and Clay counties”

uh... HAHAHAHAHA... snort... too late.


30 posted on 03/19/2014 1:52:10 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Second Amendment First

There are times and settings where fees serve a purpose aside from profit.


31 posted on 03/19/2014 1:52:34 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: envisio

Very well said.


32 posted on 03/19/2014 1:52:47 PM PDT by Ray54
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To: mfreddy

Yeah, it was hilarious listening to interviews of people that fled the zoo - “teen this and teens that... blah blah blah”.


33 posted on 03/19/2014 1:53:02 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Second Amendment First
Voters in Clay and Jackson counties were promised four free days a year in return for approving a 1/8-cent zoo sales tax in 2011.

“We can’t just take that away,” Wisthoff said.

Why not? They weren't promised free-for-all days, now, were they?

And another thing. The zoo had better damn well be making it public when these "free" days for Special Voters are. If I had paid to get in, I'd be raising holy heck.

34 posted on 03/19/2014 1:53:24 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: hal ogen

Avoid anything “free” where there is a high (>10%) “teen” population.


35 posted on 03/19/2014 1:53:58 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Second Amendment First

They obviously have the wrong animals in the cages..................


36 posted on 03/19/2014 1:53:58 PM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Justa
Much better to say “admission fee not required for entrance day”.

And write it in cursive.
37 posted on 03/19/2014 1:54:06 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Second Amendment First

The nuclear fallout from Big Cotton. And they’re doing a repeat performance with Big Chicken, Big Hotel Maid, and Big Sheetrock.


38 posted on 03/19/2014 1:54:31 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Justa

If something is free these folks will sniff it out, no need to advertise. The St. Louis Zoo is free all the time. The grandkids love to go there but there are times when feral packs roam about crowding everyone out of their way.


39 posted on 03/19/2014 1:54:41 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: SpaceBar

Should’ve picked our own damn cotton.


40 posted on 03/19/2014 1:55:05 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mfreddy

If we would just give these poor kids something to do (I guess free day at the zoo does not qualify), then they would not have to turn to violence to keep themselves occupied. (/s)


41 posted on 03/19/2014 1:55:20 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Second Amendment First

Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo . . .


42 posted on 03/19/2014 1:55:35 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: workerbee

Even charging $1 admission would probably have removed a good percentage of the cretins.


43 posted on 03/19/2014 1:55:35 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Justa

Or better yet, “free admission with donation of canned food items.” That worked well over here and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center in years past. Huge crowds, but no riff raff.


44 posted on 03/19/2014 1:56:09 PM PDT by messierhunter
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To: Second Amendment First

I think places need to start really ramping up entrance fees and prices, just to start curtailing the kinds of people who start trouble at “free stuff” events. Just to ensure the people who really find it important and valuable and want to enjoy whatever, can do so without fear animals that don’t respect anything or anyone don’t ruin it and injure or kill people.


45 posted on 03/19/2014 1:57:24 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: envisio

Ummmm....Describe “them” please.


46 posted on 03/19/2014 1:57:25 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: LostInBayport

cursive
LOL!


47 posted on 03/19/2014 1:57:27 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: MrB
Free days promised these cretins because of a 1/8-cent tax imposed.

Unbelievable. This, on people who gripe about others not paying "their fair share" of income.

Grrrrrrrrr.

49 posted on 03/19/2014 1:58:05 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: Osage Orange

Why, “teens” of course!
It all has to do with being 13 to 19. All “teens” behave this way...


50 posted on 03/19/2014 1:58:38 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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