Teens riot over mini-golf in Memphis
A local business is blaming parents for dropping off 300-400 unsupervised teenagers at a downtown Memphis mini-golf center who then went on a rampage, “throwing objects at employees, spitting on people, and destroying property,” according to local WMC TV 5.
Videos shared by WMC TV 5 show teenagers throwing metal stanchions at employees of the center and threatening employees.
The center says that going forward, all minors will have to be accompanied by adults.
Witnesses said the riot was caused by machines that failed to work properly.
“Video shot by one person who was at the Putt-Putt Fun Center said trouble suddenly erupted after some of the games consoles began swallowing money with staff seemingly unable to offer prompt refunds,” said the U.K.’s Daily Mail.
One girl, identified by the Daily Mail as Tatianna Lak, posted a video of the melee expressing dismay at the violence and saying “Memphis gots to have some of the dustiest residents I’ve ever seen. Y’all did this over a refund.”
The center says it told the teens it would have to close early because the numbers of teens created a health violation in light of occupancy restrictions imposed by the coronavirus. When the staff could not issue refunds promptly, several of the teens became disorderly.
“Unfortunately, yesterday evening we had an incident that we have never experienced in 57 years of business,” said Golf and Games Family Park. “Parents chose to leave large groups of teenagers at our facility without parental supervision. Some of those people chose to create a disturbance the likes of which we have never seen. We are very thankful that none of our Golf and Games family or customers were injured in this situation.
“We are actively working with authorities to identify those involved and hold them accountable for their actions. Going forward, all minors must be accompanied by their parent or guardian while at Golf and Games. Anyone that is left unattended will be asked to leave. We are and always have tried to be the locally owned place for family entertainment for almost six decades. And we will always welcome those who choose to share their family experiences with us. We look forward to serving you soon.”
Police apparently issued one juvenile summons for disorderly conduct in the case of the girl, 13, who was throwing objects at the staff on the video.
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