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Unsafe conditions at George Carlin concert

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2000

The George Carlin concert was a real hoot. He was funny as was his opening act. It was, for the most part, a fun evening at Centennial Hall.

Now for my complaint. Many of us came down to Centennial Hall early to get in line and therefore get good seats up front. What a joke. After standing in line outside over an hour, the doors were opened to allow us in the building. They gathered our tickets and we proceeded to begin another line in the large foyer area by the main doors and became a waiting mob.

No courtesy was given to those who had been waiting patiently in line and it was only a matter of time before the drunkenness began. Once the main doors were opened the mob pushed and shoved their way in and were very impolite in the process. I heard people swearing at each other and more than a few came close to physical confrontation.

My wife and I were crushed together suddenly and it was all I could do to hang onto her. This was most inappropriate behavior on the part of people who were suppose to be adults.

I will not attend another of these concerts unless better organization is provided inside. This created a very unsafe situation for all who attended. Security stood by and directed nothing. I wonder why they were even there.

One more thing that needs to be noted. The amount of alcohol that was being consumed was unbelievable. We had several intoxicated young people (early 20s) sitting behind us and it was hard to hear George above their loud and obnoxious conversation. I attribute this to the alcohol consumed in the uncontrolled abundance. I am also sure that many of these same people left the concert and drove their cars down the road.

I do not believe we need booze sold at these concerts. What's next? Beer at the high school basketball games? We can do better than this.

Roger BuntonJuneau



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